The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 19, 2012

Hoopeston Area misses adequate yearly progress


HOOPESTON — The Hoopeston Area Community School District 11 report card shows the district did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress for 2012.

This report card, according to the state, sets the minimum target at 85 percent for schools in Illinois based on the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Maple and Honeywell grade schools did meet AYP this year, but for the first time in several years John Greer Grade School and the Hoopeston Middle School did not. The high school did not meet AYP, but did improve math scores by 10 percent.

"The bar has been raised," said Superintendent Hank Hornbeck. "We continue to work to get our best scores."

According to the mandate, if all schools make AYP in a district except one, then none of the schools in the district passes on the state report card.

Maynard said changes are coming in the next two to four in the way students are tested.

In other school board business:

Members unanimously approved the Severe Weather Policy, the district audit for 2012 and the 2012 school report cards. Also approved was the drug abuse prevention program, D.A.R.E, for the 2012-2013 school year at a cost of $3,548, and the FFA program name change to Hoopeston Area FFA program.

Members heard a brief discussion on the possibility of a high school Breathalyzer policy. Some schools are adding this policy, said principal Larry Maynard.

Learned a public hearing was set for the 2012 tax levy for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in John Greer Grade School library. Information about the tax levy would be posted in the area newspapers.

Learned Veterans’ Day falls on a Sunday this year and a program will be conducted at the high school at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

Heard a reminder from Hornbeck that school board elections will be April 9 and four board members were up for re-election.

What’s next

Hoopston Area School Board members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at John Greer Grade School’s library.