On Monday night, the YME school board met with solutions and plans for improvement to the lower-than-average tests scores.
BRE principal Melissa Hesch reported that the elementary school has implemented many changes to help students that aren’t making the grade.
“They need to be exposed to the literature and language of learning at that level,” Hesch explained, adding that students who need extra help are staying in the classrooms instead of always being taken, which causes confusion and multiple “teaching languages.”
Instead, special education teachers are tag teaming in the classroom and giving children in need that extra exposure to reading or math.
Hesch also added that she has been in contact with schools with higher AYP and MMR scores like ACGC and discovered that those successful school districts had already implemented programs “very similar” to the new ones at BRE.
Mike Meihak explained that the middle school and high school have been showing growth, and while not being the “top of the charts,” that positive growth is still very important.
Meihak boasted additional ACT test prep classes, which were expanded from just 2nd and 6th hour on Tuesdays, to 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th hours, offered to any interested junior and senior.
The next meeting date was rescheduled for Thursday the 14th of November, since the original date clashed with Veteran’s Day.