ECC council hears of Bruin Point student success
After all of the hard work and achieving goals set before state testing, Bruin Point Elementary is taking the time to enjoy the fruits of their hard work.
At the East Carbon City council meeting on Tuesday night, Principal Melissa Hamilton presented to the council and the public the test scores the school received earlier this month. Hamilton noted that the test scores from 2008-2010 showed vast improvements in all three subjected tested, including Language Arts, Mathematics and Science.
"We were very pleased with the scores," Hamilton said. "I knew that the scores has increased but when I saw the final numbers I was really thrilled."
The core test, known as the Criterion Reference Test, tested students in the three subjects and the percentages received from the test results showed the percentage of students who are proficient in that subject area
Over the three year period, from 2008-2010, in Language Arts the school's percentage increased from 66 to 76 to 86. In Mathematics, the school went from 54 to 63 to 76 and in Science the school went from 42 to 56 to 64. Hamilton said that a small increase is good to see but a "10 to 13 percentage increase is just phenomenal."
The students, with all of their work put into the test scores, were happy to accomplish their goals they set out to complete.
"They (the students) were so anxious to see the scores," Hamilton said. "The test scores gave them a lot of self confidence and helped them to achieve goal they set for themselves."
Bruin Point's test scores in Language Arts and Mathematics were above both the district and state averages, Hamilton said. One of the silver linings to the scores is that Bruin Point Elementary has the highest poverty level determined by the free lunch program and how the economy is in the area.
Teachers work with students to help them set up goals and what they can do to achieve those goals, Hamilton said. The school, with a student enrollment of over 140 students, allows the teachers and staff to provide individualized guidance and help for each student.
Going forward, Hamilton said the school will continue to keep doing what has worked so far including the individualized work for the students and keep the relentless pursuits of achieving goals.
Another topic discussed by the city council has the city making some changes with the East Carbon City Community Newsletter.
A volunteer in East Carbon used to create the newsletter before the city took it over. With the costs of labor, paper, ink, toner and postage needed to mail the newsletters out, the city council was checking to see what was budgeted for it. Andy Urbanik suggested that the council could try to find another volunteer to start printing the newsletter again.
Darlene Kuhns, a former East Carbon city council member, suggested that the city start asking people if they would like to pay for the newsletter in the future. Kuhns said the city could put in a paper within the newsletter stating that the city will begin charging $1 per month, or $12 per year, for people who would like to continue receiving the newsletter in the future. The money raised would help the city offset the costs to print the newsletters.
Stephanie Herrera, an East Carbon City resident, has been working on the newsletter for the city. Previously the city newsletter was put together by VISTA workers. Herrara told the city council that she wants to continue working on the newsletter because of "how much people appreciate getting each issue," she said. The city council discussed the limits on the budget and how much the city could afford to have someone working on the newsletter. Council members made and passed a motion allowing Herrara to continue working on the city newsletter for minimum wage and a time period not to exceed 20 hours per month.
East Carbon City swore in a new police officer to the force as Kelsey Shumway took the oath to protect and serve the community.
Tikinna Barker came before the city council with an outline for her program with the building inspection process that was requested from a previous meeting. The council approved of the procedures Barker created which entail meeting with people applying for building permits and explaining the process to them in person. One of the reasons behind the change in procedures is due to the high amount of building permits handed out last year which totaled to 75, Barker said. When she first started with the city in 2005, only nine building permits were handed out.
The council discussed requiring people to place their building permits in a prominent place, such as a window or a door, to serve as a notice to others in the community that the building has a permit and is legal. The council later passed a motion requiring permits be placed on the building being worked on.