DEWITT — The good news for the Central Community School Board Wednesday night was that middle school and elementary students reached their trajectory scores in Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Tests of Educational Development.

Middle School Principal Dan Ziesmer reported that regular education students had exceeded the state trajectory in reading, math and science, and it was hopeful that the district would no longer be on the No Child Left Behind watch list. The number of students in special education was below 30, Ziesmer said, and would no longer make up a counted subgroup. Last year’s special education students, which then numbered 32, pulled down the scores overall.

Ekstrand Elementary Principal Terri Selzer said students had met their trajectory on all levels, including annual yearly progress.

The growth that students had shown should keep the district off the watch list, Selzer said, noting the percentage of low-scoring students who had “bumped up” to intermediate or high scores.

This growth should put the district in a “safe harbor” for progress.

Curriculum Director Steve Haines said if 10 percent of students showed improvement, a safe harbor should be reached.

The Central Board ratified a contract with the Central DeWitt Education Association for 2009-2010. Changes included revision of temporary leave for bereavement and personal leave.

The 3.42 percent package settlement raised the base salary to $25,675.

In financial reports, Business Director Jan Culbertson explained the federal stimulus plan funding, some of which will replace state aid that has been cut. Though the allowable growth for spending next year is 4 percent, only 3 percent is expected to be funded by the state. There are strict rules which must be followed and verified use of the stimulus funds, Culbertson said.

The board approved the 2007-2008 audit report from Nolte, Cornman and Johnson, P.C. of Newton. Revenues and transfers totaled $16,312,207, a 4.08 percent increase from the prior year. Expenses were $15,276,463, a 9.57 percent increase. It was an unqualified report, the best you can get, Culbertson said.

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