The safety of the children will always be a top priority with the Winfield School District. The district is currently seeking bids for a buzzer and camera system to be installed in the Middle, Intermediate and Primary buildings so the doors can be locked at all times and no one can wander the halls. The high school just finished up their new entryway to secure the safety of the students, faculty and staff. The schools have also been reviewing all safety drills, including intruder drills. Staff members recently attended an active shooter presentation where they learned the ‘dos and don’t’ while in specific situations. The R-IV district has also asked for a local officer to show more presence at the schools during the day and is working with law enforcement for more options in buildings.
Also at the their board meeting, a presentation was given on the Literacy and A+ programs. In the Literacy program, students kindergarten through fifth grade are working on their Daily 5. Daily 5 “is a structure that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy.” This program helps students to understand the importance of reading and writing and focuses on the one on one teacher student time. Students have shown great improvements in their reading and writing skills and parents are reporting that their children are now showing a new passion in reading.
In the A+ program there are 178 students who are participating in the program, which is 36 percent of the high school student body. This program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools. Winfield hopes to bring more students into the program in the coming years.
A graduation date of Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at the high school gym was set for the coming graduates.
A teacher evaluation tool was brought up during the regular session minutes. A few programs were reviewed but one seemed to stand out over the rest. Network for Educator Effectiveness (NEE), which is a program that was developed by the University of Missouri of Education, was looked at as one of the better tools to evaluate the educators in the district. NEE provides a database of teachers and how they were assessed and will give the district training and a set of guidelines to follow so every teacher is evaluated fairly and on the same tasks.
Recognitions for the night were given to Greg Guthrie for never giving up and showing leadership throughout the school and dedication to his studies; and Hailey Deutsch for being an all-around good citizen in the school and always showing the Warrior Way. The school board members were also recognized and a proclamation was read stating that January 20-26 will be School Board Recognition Week for all the volunteered hours and hard work they have put in towards the school. School Board members are: Mike Bash, Mike Bromwich, Wes Burch, Kristen Burkemper, Theresa Fredeking, Craig Politte, and Barb Wehde.
The next school board meeting will take place on February 19 at the Intermediate Library beginning at 6 p.m.