Every five years, the Quality Assurance Review Team visits school systems to renew accreditation.
“We’ve been working on this for a couple of years. It takes two years to get ready, and then three years to continue reporting with an annual report back to them each year on the required actions that they leave us with,” Lollar said. “They come in, and they take a look and see how good of a job that we’re doing.”
The committee will validate to see that the district is meeting the following five standards: purpose and direction, governance and leadership, teaching and assessing for learning, resources and support systems, and using results for continuous improvement. Members of the board will speak individually with the committee members Monday, Feb. 3, to see how they support the schools and system as a whole.
Lollar told the board to focus on standards 1 and 2 — purpose and direction, and governance and leadership. Standard 2 relates to board members mainly because it is regarding to how the system operates under the board of education’s leadership and governance that promotes and supports student performance and school effectiveness.
Lollar also provided a sample list of questions that board members may be asked. Walker High School, Maddox Middle School, Memorial Park, T.R. Simmons and West Jasper elementary schools will be visited by the accreditation team Tuesday, Feb. 4. The review team also will speak with “stakeholders,” which consists of parents and different individuals throughout the community.
“They are looking for learning. That’s what gets us a high score,” Lollar said. “... They’re not coming to catch us doing something wrong. They’re coming to affirm and see if what we’re doing validates and correlates with those standards, and then find something that we might want to improve on.”
In other business, the board:
•approved the minutes from the Dec. 17, 2013, meeting.
•approved the financial reports and bank reconciliations for November and December 2013.
•approved overnight field trip requests.
•approved disposal of surplus items.
•approved the monthly personnel report.
•recognized board members for board appreciation month. Board members received gifts from the individual schools within the school district, as well as refreshments during the board meeting.
•recognized Lollar for receiving the Alabama Federal Programs Leadership Award.
•recognized Teachers of the Year for individual schools and the district. Winners for each school are as follows: Sharon Abbott at Memorial Park Elementary School, Amanda Chesser at West Jasper Elementary School, Teresa Kitchens at Walker High School, Tyra Beaird at T.R. Simmons Elementary School and Lisa Mellott at Maddox Middle School. Beaird and Mellott were also the elementary and secondary district winners. Teachers were nominated by their peers at their respective schools.