Cleveland district numbers up
by Chance Wright
Sep 11, 2012 | 1138 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Superintendent Dr. Jacquelyn Thigpen informed the Cleveland School District Board of Trustees at Monday's meeting that early enrollment figures show an increase in enrollment for this school year.

"As of today the district has an enrollment of 3,730 students, a number that is up from approximately 3,600 last year," said Thigpen. "These numbers reflect the largest enrollment increases at the kindergarten and high school levels."

Thigpen also said that the district had received a letter from the state auditors of the Mississippi Department of Education.

In that letter, the auditors said that they found no significant changes during their audit of the 2010-11 school year and awarded the district with full accreditation status for the 2012 school year.

"The state assessments will not be certified until later in September and our school classifications will be released then," said Thigpen.

Dr. Lisa Bramuchi, asssistant superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, updated the board on the status of the District's Active Parent system.

Active Parents is a means of communication that allows the parents of school children enrolled in the Cleveland School District to accesstheir child's daily attendance, grades, and other pertinent information about the child's school activities via the Internet.

"The number of parents using the Active Parent Program continues to rise daily," said Bramuchi. "As of this morning 2,226 accounts have been updated."

After receiving reports from the various departments, the board took into consideration the approval of the Consent Agenda.

Key points of the Consent Agenda included: districtwide fundraisers and facility uses, approval of contracted services at multiple school locations within the District, approval of travel for the Board of Trustees and/or the Superintendent for the 2012-13 school year, approval to apply for various grants and contract para-professional services of two individuals to fill the roles of assistant soccer coach at Cleveland High School and assistant swimming coach at East Side High School.

The board also set a date and time for the districtwide Administrator Data Review with the Board. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.

During this review, administrators from each individual school within the district will address the board on plans to improve test scores and other academic goals at their respective schools.

The board then made a motion to move into Executive Session to further discuss numerous issues including; approval of student transfers from Sunflower County School District, student misconduct, personnel and legal issues, including discussions on the Department of Justice's objections to the district plan to

Desegregate East Side High School and D.M. Smith Middle School.