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17/00 B03-03-A A small look at the big world Brandy Padgett's Election Day Field Trip. took a tour of the Fire New Meadows Bright They visited the Meadows Station. Beginnings kids took an Valley Library and then Kids, le,$9 right" Carla. Mendez, Hoyt Rhodes, Tessa Na Bridger Miller, Hayden York, Jackie Steiner. Adults, left to right: Gwen Kimball, Volunteer; Brandy Padgett, Bright Beginnings Preschool Teacher; Kay Burns, Volunteer; Jeff Luff, New Meadows Fire Chief. Photo by Crystal Nay. High performance brings funds to Adams County teachers BY DALE FISK Almost $164,000 will be flowing into Adams County, in the next month or so, from the state's $38 million account for teacher Pay for Performance. Even though the laws that provided this funding was rejected by voters when Propositions 1,2 and 3 were defeated, the state will still pay the amounts earned by teachers for their performance during the 2011-2012 school year. "l-he share of the money that schools will get is determined according to the school's ranking in two quartiles: Growth and Excellence. (See chart.) Because both Council schools ranked 1 in Growth, they are guaranteed a fifll share regardless of their Excellence rank. Cambridge's Growth rank of 4 reduced their maximum available share to .5, and the 4 ranking in Excellence put them out of the running for Pay for Performance. Out of the 666 schools in Idaho, 155 (about 23%) did not qualify. Twelve schools (including Midvale) have not yet been ranked because information is incomplete. State ranking was based on student performance on the ISST test, and took student proficiency and growth into account. The overall Excellence ranking was determined by how many students achieved proficiency, while the Growth ranking was based on how much" progress students demonstrated from one year to the next. Each school also set its own local goals based on measures of student achievement. These goals include factors such as attendance, the Idaho Reading Indicator, end-of- course assessments and graduation rates. The Council School District will receive over $86,000, which comes out to $4,200 for each full time teacher. Only teachers . . who were employed in the district last year qualify for the bonus. A full list of Idaho schools, showing how they ranked and how much Pay for Performance money (if any) they will receive, can be found at www. studentscomefirst.org/ performance.htm. What, s next? With the defeat of the Propositions, the formula for funding Idaho schools is in the hands of the legislature. Around $22 million that schools have already put into their budget for this year is sitting in state accounts with no designated use because the state no longer has legislation in place to disburse it. The schools are desperately hoping the legislature acts quickly on this so that schools are not left twisting in the wind, with huge holes in their budgets. ellence Quartile School Growth Growth Excellence Excellence Admin. Non-Admin Total Quartile Rank Quartile Rank Distrib. Distrib. Distribution Council High 1 187 2 235 $2,732.37 $39,905.35 $42,637.72 Council El 1 93 3 413 $3,177.18 $41,176.25 $44,353.43 Meadows Valley 1 144 2 298 $0 $76,80924 $76,809.24 Cambridge High 4 597 4 533 $0 $0 $0 Cambridge El 4 537 4 504 $0 $0 $0 There are 666 total Idaho schools; 499 qualified for bonus; 155 did not qualify for bonus; 12 schools yet to be deter- mined because SDE is still awaiting local data. This chart shows how the Growth Quartile rank and the Excellence Quartile rank combine to determine whether a school district receives a whole (1 or 100%) share of Pay for Performance bonus money. Adams County Commissioners Meeting Commissioners help with snowmobile trail effort BY LEE BUY Commissioners Mike paradis, and Joe Holmes met with the supervisors of the two solid waste sites in the county to dis- cuss the recently com- pleted inspections made by Southwest District Health. Mike Hampton and Dave Haney main- tain the Goodrich Landfill and the New Meadows Transfer Site for Adams County. At the Goodrich Landfill, a change in pro- cedures will eliminate any paint cans from stand- ing on the bare ground, and the cans will be cov- ered from the weather. Operator Hampton will count the tires brought into the site by Lakeshore Disposal, and the company will be charged separately for those items. Operator Haney will remove the large pile of processed lumber from the site, See ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 2 ,- Council City Council meeting Who should get the money.* BY DALE FISK The HUD house on Friendship Lane that the City of Council sold leaves the town's leaders with an unusual task -'deciding who should get the money from selling it. HUD regulations stipulate that the money cannot go to the city, but must be given to a nonprofit organization to help "moderate and low income" people. So the city is asking for letters nominating worthy Council organizations that should get the money from the sale of the house. The exact amount, after deducting the city's expenses, will be approximately $16,000 to $17,000. Letters need to be sent or delivered to City Hall by December 6:501 N. Galena - PO Box 606. For more information, call City Hall at 253-4201. The company that installed the manhole liner at the sewer lagoons finished the job, but there is still a leak. They will need to come back and fix it. The Christmas tree stand has been installed in the downtown park. Wade Christiansen from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) presented the council with maps and details of the See COUNCIL CITY COUNCIL, page 15 ,. HIGHSCHOOL HISTORY IN THE MAKING Read about it on page 8 WHERE Is THIS? Get the clue and make your guess on page 3 NEW MEADOWS GETS A NEW BABY See it on page 16