MAHOMET — The latest Illinois Report Card for the Mahomet-Seymour school district offers mostly solid results, school board members learned Monday night during a study session.
“We still have areas for growth,” said Dr. Nicole Rummel, district director of instruction, as she briefed board members on the annual state report card data, this round from the 2018-19 school year. “(But) we’re right where we need to be in most areas.”
Mahomet-Seymour High School, Junior High School and Lincoln Trail Elementary School all received “commendable” as their summative designation. Middletown Prairie Elementary School had no summative ranking; Illinois Report Card information notes that some schools do not receive this designation or do not have data needed to determine it.
The district graduation rate is 91 percent, compared to a state average of 86 percent. The district spends more than $9,000 in operations spending per pupil to educate young people, while the state average comes in at more than $13,000.
Mahomet-Seymour students come in above state numbers for academic success, including proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics. The district exceeds state percentages in English/language arts proficiency, hitting 58 percent; math proficiency, 65 percent; and science proficiency, 61 percent.
When it comes to teacher retention, Mahomet-Seymour matches the state figure of keeping 86 percent of full-time teachers returning to the same school year after year. Average class size is at 23 students, just above the state figure of 22.
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School improvement plans outlined
Principals from all four school campuses in the district offered presentations to the school board on Monday outlining their school improvement plans.
At Middletown Prairie, Principal Ryan Martin said staffers focused on three top needs based on a school survey: communication, schedule and common language/unity. The top goal for 2019-20 states: “The Middletown Prairie Elementary administration and staff will work together to build a strong climate and culture where staff members want to come to school each day to positively impact students’ lives.”
Martin said the reason for this goal is, according to the “5 Essentials” survey, “26 percent of the staff members disagreed with the statement, ‘I usually look forward to each working day in this school.’” He discussed what’s already happening to improve this percentage and morale, and also what is coming up to boost not just this goal but also the following goals of literacy and math at the school.
Board of education President Max McComb noted that he has seen a significant improvement in communication at MPE and appreciates the changes made there.
For Lincoln Trail, Principal Megan Hunter said one focus is how instruction can be improved, and others are literacy, writing and social emotional learning.
“We feel that students are more than just a score,” Hunter noted.
At Mahomet-Seymour Junior High, a newly implemented schedule for the current school year has been deemed successful so far, said Principal Nathan Mills. School board member Meghan Hennesy agreed.
“I really do think that’s positive on all fronts,” she said.
Mills said the school has goals to improve PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports); analyze the sixth- through eighth-grade English/language arts curriculum; and implement Responsive Classroom to improve social emotional culture at the junior high. He said positive character traits and respectful behaviors are being emphasized and rewarded.
“Those are hit on every single day,” Mills said.
At Mahomet-Seymour High School, Principal Chad Benedict said “Listen, Learn, Lead” summarizes goals that aim to help teenagers find success academically but also in extracurricular activities so that they obtain a well-rounded education.
“We’d like to have 100 percent of our students to feel connected (to school via extracurriculars),” Benedict said.
Following the presentations by the principals, Superintendent Lindsey Hall noted that most of them are new to their posts, yet both principals and the rest of the leadership staff at Mahomet-Seymour schools are showing success.
“I could not be prouder of them and our entire leadership team,” Hall said.
Hennesy said she is glad to see connections being made among staff and students as well. McComb said he appreciates the team approach throughout the district.
School board member Colleen Schultz said it’s clear that the district staffers aim to offer a well-rounded education.
“Students are thought of as whole people,” she said.