SD2 board meets Monday to discuss student test scores and administrator benefits

2011-09-23T17:45:00Z 2011-09-26T16:40:10Z SD2 board meets Monday to discuss student test scores and administrator benefits

By ROB ROGERS

Of The Gazette Staff

The Billings Gazette
September 23, 2011 5:45 pm  • 

Student progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act and the adjustments to administrator benefits will be topics of discussion during School District 2 board’s regular meeting Monday night.

However, the outcome of a vote to terminate Superintendent Keith Beeman’s contract at a special meeting to be held just before will likely overshadow any business discussed during the regular meeting.

The district announced Thursday the board would hold a special meeting 30 minutes prior to the regular meeting Monday to vote on terminating Superintendent Keith Beeman’s contract.

The special meeting was called by trustees Lindy Graves and Travis Kemp. Originally, the board had looked at adding an item to the regular board meeting agenda to tackle Beeman’s contract.

That was nixed when Chairwoman Barbara Bryan canceled the meeting that would have placed the issue on Monday’s agenda. In response, Graves and Kemp called for the special meeting.

Trustees at the regular meeting will hear a presentation on the district’s compliance with No Child Left Behind. There may also be some discussion about President Barack Obama’s announcement Friday that states would be able to opt out of the beleaguered federal program.

Many SD2 schools missed meeting their reading and math proficiency requirements this year under the federal law despite an appeal from the state to keep this year’s test score targets the same as last year.

In all, 22 schools missed the mark, up from 18 last year.

To be in compliance, 83 percent of SD2 students were required to be reading at or above grade level and 68 percent were required to be performing at that level in math.

Had the state lost its appeal, those requirements would have jumped to 92 percent proficiency in reading and 84 percent proficiency in math for this year.

Known as Adequate Yearly Progress, the percentages are supposed to go up again next year. By 2014, 100 percent of students will be required to be reading and performing in math at or above their grade level.

Also scheduled for the meeting is a discussion on administrator benefits.

A new benefits package crafted earlier this year for SD2 administrators by Beeman is under consideration, which altered — among other things — how they could use vacation days.

Under the new policy, the number of vacation days that current administrators have accrued was frozen with the maximum allowed being 60. New administrators hired this summer and afterward would have no vacation days.

The new policy requires administrators to be on the job throughout the school year and to be off the job — or on vacation — during the summer.

The change was an effort to reduce the amount of money the district pays out in unused vacation days and to ensure that administrators are in their buildings during the school year.

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@

billingsgazette.com or 657-1231.

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