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Albany R-III sees APR gains

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By Don Groves

The Albany Ledger

The Albany R-III School District is one of the 493 Missouri school districts that increased their scores in the Annual Performance Reports.

Albany superintendent John Rinehart shared the news about the district’s achievement Sept. 15 at the Albany R-III Board of Education meeting.

Conducting by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the APR rates schools on how well they are meeting Missouri education standards. Schools are awarded points in five areas:

• Academic achievement;

• Subgroup achievement (includes minority students, students with limited proficiency in English, students with disabilities, students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches and students receiving special education services);

• College and career or high school readiness;

• Attendance rate; and

• Graduation rate.

“This year we grew in a couple of areas,” Rinehart said.

Albany moved up 6 points over last year, from 109 out of 140 possible points to 115. The district gained 1.5 points for academic achievement and 4.5 points for college and career readiness, Rinehart said.

Rinehart also spoke about Albany’s Missouri Assessment Program test scores, which were lower than 2012-2013 when the district made gains. The tests rate student proficiency in language arts, math, science and social studies. Albany saw a decrease in language arts scores but an increase in science. Rinehart said test scores statewide were down in most subjects.

“It was going to be kind of difficult to make the same gains we made in 2013,” he said.

The board also heard from Virginia E. George Elementary School principal Sarah Barmann-Smith who spoke about her school’s first fire drill, teachers’ work during professional development days, Grandparents Day and the school’s Leaders in Action program.

Albany Middle School/High School principal Dallas Geidd also spoke about professional development, enrollment decline from 216 students to 213 and school attendance, which was 97 percent.

“Hopefully next time that will be a little bit higher,” he said about attendance.

In other business, the board:

• Looked at the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan;

• Approved Lori Miller as the junior class sponsor; and

• Heard positive comments about VEG Grandparents Day, Albany Best Shot golf tournament, the Warriors’ football game with Worth, the AHS band and the AHS softball team.


Courthouse repairs advance

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By Don Groves

The Albany Ledger

In a few months Albany residents will soon be hearing the familiar ring of the bell above the Gentry County Courthouse.

The Gentry County commissioners said Sept. 8 they’ve met with an engineering firm and have applied for a grant to repair the courthouse clock tower. The south entrance to the courthouse has been closed since December after loose bricks were discovered in the tower’s interior.

Wallace Engineering of Kansas City has already created schematics for the south side of the courthouse, county commissioner Larry Wilson said.

Wilson said a historical preservation grant is being applied for to help with repair costs. If the county is awarded the grant, Wilson said the county would have to match $70,000 with $30,000 of its own. The grant deadline is Oct. 1.

Wilson said regardless of the grant application outcome the county will begin repairing the clock tower. Once complete, the tower will be fully automated and the bell again will ring in downtown Albany.

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