The Edmond Sun

December 9, 2013

Deer Creek looks at remediation percentages of college-bound students

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — During Monday’s school board meeting, members of the Deer Creek Board of Education will be looking at the district’s rate of students requiring remediation upon entering college. The numbers are based on a 2011 report. The board meets at 6 p.m. tonight at the district's administration building.

The 2011 Remediation Rates of Oklahoma High School Graduates in Oklahoma Public Higher Education were presented showing the comparison of Deer Creek High School graduates with surrounding school districts as well as districts in like size.

With 115 seniors in the Deer Creek 2011 class, seven students (6.1 percent) needed remediation in English compared to a state average of 18.9 percent. In math 18 students, or 15.7 percent, needed remediation compared to 38 percent statewide. In reading three students (2.6 percent) needed remediation compared to 7.1 percent in the state.

Among programs used to enhance mathematics are the junior and senior mathematics course to support College Algebra, Common Core State Standards Curriculum involving mathematical reasoning and data tracking in the professional learning community.

In other business, school board members were expected to vote on the General Fund Account Payable and Payroll, the Building Fund Account Payable and the Child Nutrition Account Payable and Payroll.

Business items to be discussed will include a possible March bond issue and the possible vote to approve a resolution calling on the Oklahoma Legislature to create a Special Funding Situation for pension liability in the State of Oklahoma.

Members also will discuss with a possible vote to approve two Board of Education policies including the use or possession of illegal chemical substances, alcohol and tobacco and the restrictions on use of tobacco products.

The Treasurer’s Report for Nov. 30, includes beginning of month assets of $8.56 million with collections totaling $2.5 million for a balance as of $11 million.

Checks paid totaled $4.8 million for an end balance of cash on hand for the month of November of $6.3 million.

Policy regarding the use of tobacco on school properties was approved Nov. 10, 1986, and states Deer Creek School District is tobacco free. Tobacco products are prohibited on all school property 24 hours per day.

The new wording states “Tobacco is defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco and all other kinds and forms of tobacco prepared in such a manner to be suitable for chewing, smoking or both, and includes e-cigarettes/vaping devices or any other product packaged for smoking or the simulation of smoking.”

The policy was last amended Aug. 11, 2008.