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DeSoto ISD hosts community forum

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BETHANY BERRY

The Ellis County Press

DESOTO The heat is on in DeSoto Independent School District.

During a community forum Tuesday, Oct. 6, district representatives publicized improvement plans the 2009-10 school year, by shooting for a 212 performance, which has become a district-wide theme.

"Water is hot at 211 degrees, but at 212 degrees, water creates steam which can power a locomotive," said Superintendent Lloyd Treadwell.

"One extra degree makes a big difference."

After a presentation of videos proclaiming efforts to "knock-out" the TAKs test, Treadwell announced the districts TEA ratings improvement from having three unacceptable campuses in 2008 to becoming an academically acceptable district in 2009.

District members nodded in agreement when Treadwell said acceptable is not acceptable.

"We are pleased with the ratings, but there is always room for improvement," he said. While not many parents were in attendance, several desired to comment.

One parent was greatly concerned with the influence of standardized tests on students self-esteem, hoping to place tests "back in the hands of the teachers."

Teachers were encouraged to enroll their child in summer school classes, tutoring or other programs to improve their students tests scores.

"Every student is an individual," said a DISD instructor.

"We want to identify and meet the students needs. We also look at the background of each student; there are variables and factors that influence how well students do on tests."

Other parents were pleased with the districts partnerships with area churches and community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL) Program, Nu Vision, VIP II Senior Mentoring Program, just to name a few.

The district also announced a new state-funded program, Afterschool Centers on Education, allowing for students to be involved courses such as language, culinary, educational and various others.


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