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2012-08-16 / Front Page

State Superintendent of Education to speak in T'ville Friday, Aug. 17

State school superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 17 as part of the Thomasville City Schools’ “institute” program for faculty and staff.

The event will be held in the Thomasville Civic Center.

The topic of Bice’s speech will be the “Future of Public Education in Alabama,” said Thomasville school superintendent Dr. Vic Adkison.

In February of this year, Bice unveiled an “Alabama Plan 2020” for education reform. Included in the goals for that program are:

“develop and implement a unified Pre-K through college and career readiness plan;

develop and adopt college- and career-ready aligned standards in all subject areas;

create and implement a balanced and meaningful assessment and accountability system;

and develop and implement a unified School Readiness Plan.”

Among the state strategies will be an “early warning system for student absences and the establishment of a community-based support and intervention system;”

a Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Plan and a Coordinated School Health and Support Program;

“and the development and implementation of a professional growth evaluation system for teachers and leaders that include multiple measures of student growth and achievement.

For Plan 2020 to be successful state officials will have to analyze the current funding formula for public education and perform a study of existing capital outlay needs for school systems.

Bice was appointed State Superintendent of Education on Nov. 10, 2011, and assumed the position on Jan. 1, 2012. He resides in Alexander City.

The state superintendent has recently been embroiled in the state takeover of the Birmingham City School System.

In news from a special called meeting Aug. 9 of the Thomasville Board of education, Adkison announced that all three schools and the city system had met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law. However, Thomasville High School remains in “school improvement status.” The school will have to achieve AYP two years in a row to be removed from the improvement status.

Adkison and the school board members praised the work of students, faculty and staff. “The Middle School showed significant growth in mathematics,” the Thomasville superintendent said. There was also great improvement with special education students in reading and math at the high school.

Specifications for the Middle School gym floor will be rebid. Recent bid quotes came in over estimates, Adkison said. The bids will be opened again on Aug. 21. Once bids are accepted, the gym floor should be installed in 10 days.

• The following personnel actions were approved: (employment in positions) Dr. Christopher Blair, director of curriculum & instruction and technology in the Central Office, effective Aug. 13; Karen Lewis, sixth grade teacher at Thomasville Middle School;

(employment in supplements) William Ingram, assistant coach dual sport, football assistant and baseball assistant; Katherine Huggins, webmaster.

• The next meeting of the Thomasville City Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 in the library of Thomasville High School.

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