Superintendent Fred Walker announced during the Aug. 11 board meeting, that Izard County Consolidated's graduating class of 2008 scored above the state average on the ACT. The class' ACT composite score was 21.0 while the state average was 20.6. Walker stated that the class did exceptionally well in the reading portion of the test, scoring a 22.4, well above the state average of 21.0.
"Traditionally in the past we have scored above the state average which is a good indication that our teachers are doing a great job," Walker said.
In other business, Walker announced that all of the district's schools met the annual yearly progress requirements for the No Child Left Behind statute. It was also noted that the district voluntarily meets the North Central Association accreditation standards. Walker told the board that the NCA covers a 19 state region.
The board was also informed that the 71- and 65- passenger buses that had recently been purchased, to replace the two older model route buses, have been received.
During the meeting, board members toured the newly renovated middle and high school library/computer lab as well as the new bus barn located at the high school behind the softball field. "The board was very impressed and I heard positive comments about these changes. Everything is new in the library and we purchased 25 new laptops for the computer lab," Walker said.
High School Principal David Harmon announced that Wade Hilliker finished second in the 18 and over division of the shooting sports team at the recent competition in Mountain Home. Harmon also discussed the school livestock team's numerous awards received at the Sharp and Fulton County fairs. He mentioned the high school golf season was underway with the girls' golf team winning two recent matches.
During this meeting the board approved a resolution having only early voting for the annual school election in September because the incumbent board member up for re-election, Rhonda Moss, is unopposed for Position 7.
The board also approved two school choice applications into the district.