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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • School board applies to become innovative district

  • The McPherson Board of Education approved Monday night to send an application to the state to become a public innovative district.
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  • The McPherson Board of Education approved Monday night to send an application to the state to become a public innovative district.
    This status, created by the Coalition of Innovative Districts Act, would allow the district to opt out of many state education rules and regulations, including the ability to opt out of state tests in favor of board-approved assessments.
    Board members said this status would make it easier for the district to continue using the ACT as a district assessment.
    Only ten percent of districts in Kansas can be a part of the innovative school coalition at any given time. While there are still some questions about how this state law will work with federal education laws, the board decided in June to pursue this goal.
    The board also heard a report about new state testing requirements regarding the Common Core standards.
    The current plan is that schools will administer Smarter Balance tests for students in third through eighth grade and will have the option of administering the ACT for students in ninth through 12th grade.
    The board voted to accept grants from the McPherson Community Education Foundation. The foundation gives grants every year to various projects teachers propose for their classrooms and schools.
    This year, the foundation gave grants to nine district projects. The amount of money given was $21,902.
    The board also heard a report from city officials regarding the Rural Housing Incentive District Project.
    This project will bring more housing to McPherson. City officials said this will help McPherson meet expected industry growth in the coming years by providing potential workers with places to live in McPherson.
    Under the program, all increases in property taxes collected from these properties will go toward paying off the project costs.
    City officials said they hope this will be offset with an influx of new students as more families move into the district.
    Randy Watson, superintendent, said the taxes would only affect the district’s capital outlay budget, and new students would more than make up for it.
    In other business, the district:
    - Recognized Chris Adrian as the AVCTL Soccer Coach of the Year
    - Accepted an anonymous donation of $150

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