County school system sees improvement on state report card

The Elmore County Board of Education received a report from central office staffer Amy Harrison, director of assessment, and Elmore County Schools superintendent Richard Dennis which shows the county’s schools are improving based on grading by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Elmore County Schools received an overall B (88) on the state’s report for 2018-19. That grade is up six points from an 82 the previous year.

“I’m very excited with the growth we’ve shown,” Dennis said. “But I’m more excited at challenging our schools and students to go even further this year.”

For comparison, Autauga County posted an overall B (88) for 2018-19, which is an increase from 86 the previous year; and Montgomery County posted an overall C (74), which is an increase from 70 the previous year.

In other action at the meeting, the board:

• Approved Dennis to contact architects for four building projects. Those projects are updating the entrance to Elmore County High School, renovating Elmore County Technical Center, building a new Redland Middle School and renovating Stanhope Elmore High School to include a new band room. Board members Dale Bain and Kitty Graham were absent from the meeting.

• Discussed procuring a bond in the amount of around $45 to $50 million.

• Discussed updating the county’s student code of conduct document.

The next board meeting is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Elmore County Board of Education boardroom.