The Orange Beach School Board held their second meeting of the year on Thursday, Feb. 9.Members of the board discussed and debated several action items from the official meeting, including the …
The Orange Beach School Board held their second meeting of the year on Thursday, Feb. 9.
Members of the board discussed and debated several action items from the official meeting, including the Numeracy Act and amendments to several board policies.
Superintendent Randy Wilkes introduced a proposal that would allow 12-month employees to shift to a four-day work week during the summer break, which would require them to work 10 hours a day as opposed to eight.
Robbie Smith also spoke, presenting more information about how the district plans to incorporate the Numeracy Act, which became state law in April 2022.
The district will require 60 minutes of targeted math instruction per day for elementary students to ensure they are proficient in math by fifth grade.
Smith said this will be a long-term plan and that there is a goal to hire math coaches by 2027-2028 to individually tutor students.
Requirements for candidates will include:
The Numeracy Act will also require summer learning for fourth- and fifth-grade students who are deficient in math.
The summer program will consist of 40-70 hours of timed math problems and solving and will begin Summer 2023.
The invitations for the program will be extended to those who are deficient in math first, but students looking for extra help will also have the option to attend.
Early graduation was discussed at the work session. As proposed, students in grade 12 wanting to graduate early at the end of first semester must meet the following requirements:
TUITION FOR NON-RESIDENTS/GRADE LEVEL CAPS
It was discussed to allow out-of-city and out-of-state students attend Orange Beach schools with the following tuition rates:
CHECK IN/CHECK OUT POLICY
Discussion topics will be voted on upon the second reading at the next meeting, to be held on March 9.
*Some topics may not be voted on, if they require more consideration from the board.
*Correction: The following sections contained an error and have been corrected as of 2/20/2023: