October 19, 2016

Board Highlights: Oct. 18, 2016

The following is a brief recap of the Tues., Oct. 18, 2016, BPS101 Regular Board Meeting. (View the agenda and all supporting documents from this meeting and minutes from previous meetings. Watch BATV’s recording of this meeting.)

Celebration: Batavia High School Art Students

At the Board Meeting, three students from Dawn Zalkus’ BHS Art Classes shared their artwork and artist statements with Board Members. Thank you to Ms. Zalkus for coordinating this celebration and to the following students who presented: Alyssa Burkeen, freshman and Art Fundamentals student; Christina Couperus, junior and Sculpture: Art and Identity student; and Amanda Flens, senior and AP Art student. The students’ artwork and interpretations of their pieces were outstanding!

Report: Full-Day Kindergarten

After having consensus that the District would not be able to offer a fully funded full-day kindergarten program at this time, the Board of Education gave direction to the administration to explore an optional full-day kindergarten model that would be pay-for service. After lengthy discussions at the Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 Board Meetings, and reviewing and considering all public feedback, the Board reached a consensus to table the topic of full-day kindergarten until the District is in a more financially secure position to authorize a fully funded kindergarten model. 

Based on this decision, full-day kindergarten will not be an option for the 2017-18 BPS101 school year. The Kindergarten Enrichment program provided by the Batavia Park District will continue to be offered.

Report: Strategic Goal 1, Student Learning

In preparation for the statewide release of school report cards, Dr. Brad Newkirk, Chief Academic Officer, presented the Board with this report on achievement data related to BPS101’s Strategic Plan Goal One: Student Learning. Dr. Newkirk outlined the benchmarks developed by BPS101’s Curriculum and Assessment Advisory Council for measuring this goal, which include:

  • Proficiency: Meeting or exceeding grade and or course expectations and outcomes
  • Growth: Positive change in understanding and or skills
  • College and Career Readiness: Successful completion of the most rigorous coursework to prepare each student for the next level of education to achieve his or her goals. Readiness is guided by a thoughtful roadmap for future learning and the 21st century learning skills and core competencies that will facilitate this roadmap.
  • Closing the Achievement Gap: Not about predetermined groups of students but individual students who are not meeting the district’s grade level or course outcomes. Student demographics or subgroups may guide the research-based interventions used to close the gap. The goal is to have an accelerated rate of improvement and growth that brings all students to proficiency.

▶︎ Watch Dr. Newkirk’s explanation of the data included in his report and how it compares to benchmarks.

Report: Guidance and Counseling Program Annual Report

Dr. Newkirk presented reports prepared by the counseling staff at Batavia High School and Rotolo Middle School detailing the results of their work during the 2015-2016 school year and plans for this school year.

Report Highlights:

BHS Goal 1By May 2016, there will be 1% decrease in the number of school days missed due to suspensions (both out of school and in school) from the previous school year for the Batavia High School student body.

Results: Total number of days missed due to discipline referrals, including in-school suspensions and out-of-school suspensions, decreased from 1501.25 to 926.2 between the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 school years. This is a 38.3% decrease.

BHS Goal 2By May 2016, a group of 20 low-income students who meet the Federal guidelines for free/reduced lunch made up of students who each have more than three absences per semester and at least one D/F grade, will increase attendance by 3% from the previous school year.

Results: For this target group, the total number of blocks absent from the 2014-2015 school year to the 2015-2016 school year decreased from 637.25 to 559. The total days of suspension decreased from 91 to 75, resulting in a 17.65% decrease in ISS/OSS days. The total number of D/F grades for this group decreased from 96 to 75.

BHS Goal 3By May 2016, BHS student enrollments in AP, honors, and dual-credit courses will increase by 4% from the previous school year.

Results: The total number of AP, honors, and dual-credit enrollments increased from 3,137 to 3,402 between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. This is an 8.4% increase.

RMS Goal
Truancy reduction is a strategic goal for Rotolo Middle School. Research shows that consistent school attendance is related to achievement, self-esteem, graduation rate, and several other positive outcomes. Recent changes in county and District policy regarding attendance have resulted in earlier intervention—at the 5% absence rate vs. 9% absence rate.


  • 91% of students stated that intervention was helpful.
  • 107 days of school (10.5%) were missed in the 30 days before intervention.
  • 70 days of school (7%) were missed during the 30 days of intervention.
  • 71 (6.9%) days of school were missed in the 30 days after the intervention.
  • 15 students (32.6%) were absent 5% or less during the intervention.

Upcoming Board Meetings

Regular Board Meeting
Tues., Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Regular Board Meeting
Tues., Dec. 20, 7 p.m.

All meetings are open to the community and are located at the Rosalie Jones Administration Center, 335 W. Wilson St., Batavia.