The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

June 11, 2014

WISD board approves purchase of new reading program

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PALESTINE —

Components of the “Superkids” reading program include: teacher planner and annual planning charts for classroom; read-aloud books, student books and magazines; games; animated songs and audio activities; assessments; online activities (including instructional games); systematic homework activities; and word lists.

The school board also approved a bid for playground equipment at the elementary campus in the amount of $30,180, which includes the ground cover and safety fall zone. Some additional costs may be added for grading the playground area prior to the installation and the actual installation costs.

The board voted to match 50 percent of the cost of the playground equipment and installation — with the school's PTO funds paying for the remainder, as the board did in the recent past with Westwood Primary School's playground.

“We wanted a piece of equipment where several kids could be entertained at the same time,” Hancock said during the meeting. “I think 15 to 20 kids could be on this piece at the same time.”

The WISD Board of Trustees also approved the Region VII Education Service Center service agreements for 2014-15. Each year, WISD partners with Region VII ESC for numerous services — some state-required partnerships and some optional.

Last year, the selection of services Region VII ESC provided to the district cost $76,242.50. This year, WISD expects to pay $74,363.80 for the package — absent the CSCOPE curriculum.

According to Lyman, CSCOPE curriculum changed its name to TEKS Resource System and the price is currently unknown at this time.

“Last year we paid about $8,000 for the curriculum, rumor is that this year it will go up significantly,” Lyman said.

The TEKS Resource System offers a curriculum framework so that teaching and testing match the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and guideline for scope and sequence of instruction at all grade levels.

“Ninety-nine percent of the lesson plans are excellent,” Lyman said about the curriculum, which has been under fire in the past year.

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