COUCH -- Lacey Sorrell, A+ coordinator at Couch School, said the September A+ Sign-In Celebration at the school was a success, with 15 students and their parents attending and completing the A+ Agreement Form.
"A+ student handbooks were distributed and discussed with those present. Individual meetings with students and their parents have been set up to accommodate those who could not attend the sign-in. Our total number of students now enrolled in our A+ program is 78," Sorrell said.
The school is not yet A+ designated. Sorrell said she hopes that will happen in December when the school will go before the A+ Designation Board.
"A+ designation is the last and final step in our becoming A+ designated and our students becoming eligible to receive A+ funds. It is very important to have community members, parents, teachers, students and committee members present at every meeting," Sorrell said.
All three other schools in the county, Alton, Koshkonong and Thayer, are already A+ designated. The A+ school program is a school improvement initiative established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. The program is meant to raise academic standards, open new doors to higher education and introduce students to the teaching profession through tutoring and mentoring activities.
Sorrell said the primary goal of the program is to ensure that all students are well prepared to pursue advanced education and employment. Students who graduate from a designated A+ school may qualify for state-paid assistance to attend any public community college or career technical school in the state.
The next A+ Advisory/Partnership Plan Committee Meeting is scheduled for Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in the library.