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Report: UC schools on right track

Report: UC schools on right track
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Financially and academically, the Union City School System is on the right track.
That was the news from a pair of reports made to the Union City Board of Education Monday night.
Craig Atwill, with the Union City accounting firm Alexander Thompson Arnold, presented his agency’s 2011-12 audit report to the board. His audit was actually broken down into two reports, a 29-page audit of the school system’s internal funds and a second 44-page audit of the Union City Board of Education accounts.
Included in the second audit report was the accounting firm’s opinion, “Overall, we feel we are in good financial condition.”
Atwill gave the school board a “clean opinion,” which is a positive assessment of the school system’s bookkeeping system.
“As you can see, we’ve had a pretty good year,” he said as he worked through his audit presentation.
He said the school system’s $10.7 million in net assets is a “pretty good bottom line” and he added the school system is in “very good financial condition.”
During the 2011-12 fiscal year, the Union City School System received more than half a million dollars in federal grant funding, which is something Atwill said will likely change.
“We expect to see a decline in federal funding for the next school year,” he stated in his report.
At the conclusion of his report, the board formally accepted the audit.
Atwill’s report was followed by another detailed report — the AYP Report Card — presented by classroom/curriculum coordinator Vicki Wilkinson.
The audit report and AYP Report Card dominated Monday night’s 40-minute school board meeting.
Mrs. Wilkinson presented each board member a copy of the AYP report and then highlighted key items in the report.
“We met the majority of the achievement target measures,” she said. In fact, she went on to declare students in the city school system met the majority of the benchmarks at every level in the report card.
The AYP report uses test scores to determine student achievement and also gauges local student achievement with other schools across the state. The Union City School System has already been designated an exemplary school district by the state, so it was no surprise the statistics in the AYP report showed off the high level of academic achievement by students in the system.
“So, we’re doing very well,” Mrs. Wilkinson said. “Overall, we’re very proud of our report card.”
She pointed out there were 10 seniors at Union City High School who scored a 30 or above on their ACT and UCHS seniors enrolled in the magnet school averaged a 27.6 on the ACT.
At every grade level from kindergarten through high school, Mrs. Wilkinson pointed out students have excelled academically and continue to improve, based on their test scores. Where there were issues, Mrs. Wilkinson said there are programs set up to help students.
In other action Monday night, Union City’s school board:
• Was informed of maintenance department worker Danny Ervin’s resignation and Kathy Gray’s retirement as a special education teacher at Union City Elementary School.
• Approved a bread bid of $1,433.44 bid from Flowers Baking, which was included as part of the board’s consent agenda.
• Was given a brief report from director of schools Gary Houston, who informed the board about the successes of the UCHS boys’ and girls’ basketball teams and told the board a professional development day is scheduled for Friday.
As part of the program, school resource officer Raphe Whaley will make a presentation on school security measures.
Houston praised the work of the school system’s two school resource officers, calling them “very competent” and “very professional.”
“They add a great deal to our schools,” Houston said.
Prior to the start of Monday night’s meeting, board member Cathy Waggoner led in prayer. Once the meeting was officially called to order, student board representative Joseph Shanks led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Absent from Monday’s meeting were board chairman Glenda Caudle and board member Dr. Wright Jernigan.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.15.13

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