The Rome Board of Education will discuss several policy revisions during their meeting tonight.
The board will caucus at 5 p.m. in the superintendent’s office and meet at 5:45 p.m. at the board room at 508 E. Second St. Both meetings are open to the public.
The board will have first readings on a nutrition policy and a promotion and retention policy.
“Policy EEE will be presented by Brandy Money, our nutrition director,” said John A. Jackson, interim superintendent. “This policy deals with the changes required under the healthy schools initiative by the federal government requiring healthy snacks and health foods being used in fundraisers.”
Debbie Downer, chief academic officer, will present the promotion and retention policy, which will make the changes necessary because of the new testing system, Georgia Milestones, which is replacing the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.
Before this year, standardized test scores were used as a basis to decide whether students in third, fifth and eighth grades could be promoted. Now, because Georgia Milestones scores will not be ready in time and do not have passing scores set, the state is offering the waivers so systems can use other criteria to make the decision.
A presentation by Dawn Kemp, special education director, will focus on the flexibility options the school system has to choose from.
“By June 30, 2015, the system has to choose whether to go with the Charter, the IE Squared or the Status Quo option,” said Jackson.
The focus on student achievement will be on Elm Street Elementary School. Principal JoAnn Moss will lead a presentation about the school.
Also, Steve Atha, director of business and finance, will present the Education Local Option Sales Tax report for October.