Janocko appointed CAHS principal|
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield Area School District Board of School Directors appointed Tim Janocko as high school principal and expanded the district's summer school program.
Janocko had been serving as interim principal since May of last year following the resignation of former principal Kevin Wallace in April of 2012.
Janocko's salary will remain the same, according to school board members Larry Putt and Susan Mikesell. Last July, the school board voted to set Janocko's salary at $95,364 this year according to a previous article in The Progress.
Janocko's appointment was approved on an 8-1 vote with Philip Carr casting the lone dissenting vote. All board members were present.
Carr said although he believes Janocko would make an excellent principal, he believes administrators should not hold coaching positions in the school district. Janocko also serves as head football coach at the high school.
Board member Mary Anne Jackson said she sympathized with Carr's sentiments and wished Janocko would devote all of his considerable talents and experience to academics alone but said she would still vote in favor of his appointment.
The board also approved the administration's recommendation to expand the district's high school summer school program. The district restarted its summer school program last year after discontinuing it for several years but last year's program only offered a limited number of classes.
This year the summer school program is being expanded to offer the following classes, English I, II, III and IV, Algebra I and II, geometry, math concepts, pre-calculus, calculus, physical science, biology, chemistry, civics, world cultures, USPA, economics and physical education.
Bruce Nicolls, director of curriculum/instruction, coordinator of federal programs, said the expansion of the district's summers school program is in reaction to changes in the way the state and federal governments calculate graduation rate.
Under the current formula for calculating graduation rates, students who do not graduate within four years of entering high school are counted as not graduating. And this includes special education students who can by law stay in school until they are 21 years old, and students who transfer into the district from a cyber-school.
Because of the change, Nicolls said the district missed the 85 percent graduation rate requirement in 2010-2011 and was placed on the school improvement list.
Nicolls said it appears the district met the state target for graduation rate in 2012, but it has not yet been finalized. And he credited the return of the district's summer school program for the improved results.
Nicolls said because of the district's summer school program, 11 students last year were able to graduate on time that would not have.
Nicolls said summer school is a better alternative than having students repeat the class the following year and push students beyond the four-year requirement for graduation.
And Nicolls said the summer school program often makes more sense because when a student fails a class, the student has learned some of the information required but not enough to complete the course, and the summer school program would allow students to catch up without having to spend an entire year retaking the course.
Nicolls said even though the district met state targets for graduation rates last year, it has to meet them for two consecutive years to get off the school improvement list.
Being on the school improvement list for failing to meet the graduation rate target does have some ramifications beyond the bad press, Nicolls said. Because it failed to meet the graduation requirement, the district is required to use a percentage of its Title I grant money for professional development to improve the district's graduation rate.
For the district, this means that approximately $80,000 in Title I money that could have been spent on its elementary reading programs now has to be spent on professional development programs to improve high school graduation.
However, Nicolls said the district is not cutting its Title I elementary reading programs and is making up the difference with money from the district's general fund.
Due to construction at the high school, summer school classes will be held at Centre Elementary starting the Wednesday following graduation (June 12) and end on June 26. Each session would be held from 12-3 p.m. except Fridays when it would be held 8-11 a.m.