Trenton R-9 Schools to conduct survey as part of 5 year plan

Trenton R-9 School District

A survey will be conducted as part of the Trenton R-9 school districts’ next five-year strategic plan.

Results will be used when school officials create the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (often known as C-SIP.) It has five areas of focus which align with five Trenton R-9 Board of Education goals.

Those refer to in part: quality student programs, a highly qualified staff, appropriate instructional resources, support services, and safe facilities; parent,

student, and community involvement; and to govern efficiently and effectively.

Data will be obtained from R-9 employees, parents, other patrons, board members and students. A survey is to be released today. A link to the survey is to be available on the Trenton R-9 school website. Those who have an email address available to the school district are to be sent the link in an email.

The survey is to be available through January 11th and the district encourages persons to participate. A January 18th meeting is to gather results and develop strategies to achieve goals.

Part of the survey will include questions on R-9 potentially offering before school or after school, federally-funded, programming for students.

The district is preparing to apply in 2018 for a 21st-century community learning center grant that provides academic enrichment opportunities.

Assistant Principal Kasey Bailey addressed the school board last evening about requirements of the grant and its potential benefits for Trenton R-9.

It could provide up to $400,000 per year, for five years, to fund areas like transportation, staff, paraprofessional development, curriculum, equipment, The program, aimed at students 12 years and younger, would involve at least 12 hours of service per week. Much work though remains to be done before a grant application can be submitted by the Trenton R-9 district.

Among action items, the board of education approved the 2015-16 school audit done by Conrad and Higgins, selected Mason Hooyman as the $250 local winner; qualifying her for regional competition for an MSBA scholarship, approved several updates to policies and forms as recommended by Missouri School Boards Association. Among them is one to comply with state law in that the pledge allegiance be recited daily in schools – rather than once a week.

Board of education candidate filing began yesterday and concludes on January 17th at 5 pm. The district announced five dates that candidate filing will not occur as the central office will be closed: December 23 and 26, December 30, January 2 and January 16 in addition to any days that school is closed due to inclement winter weather.