Board to discuss facilities, school improvement plans

Mark Johnston

The Shenandoah County School Board will hear presentations on school improvement plans and discuss the long-term facilities master plan at Thursday night’s meeting.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the county board room.

Superintendent Mark Johnston said the school improvement plans identify specific strategies and initiatives for each of the schools that have conditional accreditation, which include North Fork, Peter Muhlenberg and Signal Knob middle schools and W.W. Robinson Elementary School.

“The strategies and initiatives are also specific to the areas in need of greatest accelerated improvement as noted in the data that will be shared as part of the presentation,” he added.

Also on the instructional agenda is a presentation on aquaponics by students from North Fork Middle School.

“The aquaponics system is a type of regenerating biological system,” Johnston said. “Fish are raised in a tank. The fish waste is extracted and used to grow plants. The students are presenting since they are the ones that have been researching the best type of fish to raise and best type of plants to take advantage of the organic waste.”

Johnston said the district’s long-term facilities master plan will be an information agenda item at this month’s meeting. The item will come back to the board as an action item at the School Board’s Nov. 10 regular meeting, when the board will be asked to accept the plan.

Also on the information agenda is discussion of the budget calendar.

Johnston added that during his superintendent’s report the board will also be given information on the Special Education Local Determination and Performance.

“Information that will be shared show that, based on data submitted from the 2014-2015 school year, SCPS ‘meets requirements.'”

Prior to the 7 p.m. meeting, the School Board will hold a closed session beginning at 5 p.m.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com