Dieterich Board Hears Grade School Math, English Scores


Published on February 13 2018 10:29 am
Last Updated on February 13 2018 10:29 am
Written by Greg Sapp

Dieterich school board members Monday heard from elementary principal Kathy Pattenaude regarding how the elementary school ranks in the state regarding Math and English/Language Arts.

Pattenaude said Dieterich Elementary ranks #21 in the state in Math scores and #58 in English/Language Arts. That ranks the school in the top 3% in Math and top 8% in English/Language Arts.

Board members approved technology upgrades, including a fifth mobile Chromebook lab and upgraded classroom computers.

Dieterich Superintendent Cary Jackson reported the District received a Financial Profile Rating of 3.55, which places the district in the highest category of "Financial Recognition". Jackson also shared that the District's annual operating expense per pupil for the past fiscal year was $8,066.42, well below the state average of $12,973. 

The Board renewed the contract of junior-senior high school principal Scott Kocher, and granted him a 2.5% raise in salary. The Board also hired Jeff Overbeck as assistant high school softball coach for the coming season, hired Kristen Allen as high school JV volleyball coach for the coming school year, and accepted the resignation of Jenna Ervin as high school dance coach.

Dieterich board members approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Regional Office of Education to provide alternative education for next school year; amended the current school year calendar to reflect an emergency day used on January 12; and approved the calendar for the coming school year with a later start date due to the Dieterich Quasquicentennial Celebration that will occur August 17-19. The first day for Dieterich students will be Tuesday, August 21.

The Board set the tentative high school graduation date for Saturday, May 12, at 2pm. Additional emergency days could necessitate changing that date. The Board directed Jackson to seek bids for food service management; and granted use of the Dieterich High School name and mascot to a newly-formed Trap Shooting Club. While not directly affiliated with the school, students will compete under the Dieterich High School name and mascot.

Board members also heard from Dieterich Sportsbackers on organization activities and the proposed ball field surface projects.