The New Albany City School Board recognized 35 New Albany Elementary School students Thursday for making perfect state test scores.
The third- and fourth-graders were tested in the area of English Language Arts and Math. Principal Gwyn Russell noted that several of the students achieved perfect scores in both tests. More than 80 percent of the students taking the tests scored a rating of proficient or better and one student group had the fourth-highest score in the state in reading while some students also were eighth-highest in math.
Students honored were:
3rd Grade ELA – Adeline Bailey; Liam Baker; Ilia Black; Ezekiel Brooks; Takneiya Brudnicki; Indya Conner; Sophia Contreras; Bailey Cook; William Hardy; Carter Voyles; Michael Collin York
3rd Grade Math- Ilia Baker; Ezekiel Brooks; Takneiya Brudnicki; Eli Burdette; Mary Corbin Chism; Anabel Clark; Clayton Coleman; Sophia Contreras; Maddox Conwill; Liam Denick; Morgan Hall; Harper Howard; Collin Kirksey; Dennis Knox; Macy Ligon; Jason Ross; Rosa Saldana; Michael Collin York
4th Grade ELA – Avie Bryan; Christopher Chen; Jillian Chism; Delvonta Crayton; Leah Dunn; Sam Ewing; Joshua George; Hannah Horton; Jon Benjamin Laney; Stephenie Nolen; Baylee Street; Eva Trout; Rose Webb
4th Grade Math – Grayson Alexander; Avie Bryan; Christopher Chen; John Walker Christ; Kylen Clark; Delvonta Crayton; Leah Dunn; Christopher Fernandez; Kylen Knox; Gus Payne; Madeline Roberts; Eva Trout; Chanapon Weaver; Rose Webb
In the relatively brief December meeting trustees approved a series of minor change orders for the continuing renovation at the school campuses. Construction manager Kelly Howard explained the changes for trustees but did not mention any projected completion date.
In the absence of the director of accounting services, Suzanne Coffey, superintendent Dr. Lance Evans gave a brief financial report. He said expenses and revenues are in line with the budgeted amounts and noted that the time of year is approaching when reserves are usually lowest. “We haven’t really started collecting taxes,” he said. That money won’t come in for the most part for a couple of more months.
In reviewing policy issues, the board approved a more stringent policy concerning vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes.
“Vaping has become an epidemic across the country,” Superintendent Evans said. “They’re targeting kids. We are not immune. Due to the health risk we’re asking to stiffen the regulations.”
School officials plan to issue a separate public announcement about the changes.
Concerning personnel matters, the board members approved:
- Hiring Brenda Marshall as head custodian at New Albany Middle School replacing Nick McGuirk.
- Hiring Tim Johnson, custodian, New Albany Middle School replacing Nick McGuirk.
- Hiring Tammy Almand, bus driver (afternoon route), Central Office replacing Camille Davis.
- Approving additions to substitute list.
The next scheduled meeting of the New Albany School Board will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in the boardroom at the central office. Before the meeting trustees will tour the career and technical school at 4:30.elementary school, New Albany, perfect scores, tests, Union County