Pocatello-Chubbuck School District No. 25, Idaho

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Pocatello-Chubbuck School District is a school district in Idaho.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Idaho school district websites

In 2011 Pocatello-Chubbuck School District earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This website was most recently evaluated on 30 September, 2012.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule is posted [1]
    • Minutes and agendas are available and archived for three years [2]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with names, physical addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses [3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with phone numbers.[4][5]
  • Contracts
    • Teacher Salary schedule is posted [6]
  • Public Records
    • The district website includes a Request for Public Records form.[7]
  • Academic Performance
    • The 2011-12 District AYP report is posted [8]
  • Background Checks
    • Section 7000: Personnel of the School Policy Manual has information regarding criminal background checks.[9]


The bad

  • Taxes
    • Tax revenue is unavailable
    • Tax rates are not posted
  • Budget
    • Budget is not available or archived for three years.
  • Administrative Officials
    • No physical addresses or email addresses are available for administrative officials.
  • Contracts
    • Current teacher and vendor contracts are not available on the division website. Personnel and teacher contracts are posted on the Idaho State Department of Education website.[10]
  • Audits
    • Audits are not available or archived for three years.
  • Public Records
    • Records contact information is not published.

School board

The school board controls school property, establishes, organizes, and operates the schools of the district, including: establishing schools, adopting enrollment plans, providing for school elimination and consolidation, cooperating with school boards of adjoining districts in maintaining schools, maintaining the school year schedule and other more specific duties as outlined in the Idaho statute.[11]

It operates, controls and supervises the district's public schools as well as determines the rate of school district taxes, with the option of two or more school districts operating and financing educational programs together.


The Pocatello Chubbuck School Board is comprised of five members representing the city zoning districts.[5]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Marianne Donnelly, Chair Zone 4
Janie Gebhardt, Vice Chair Zone 2
Frank Rash Zone 3
John Sargent Zone 5
Jackie Cranor Zone 1

The current division superintendent is Mary M. Vagner.

The Idaho Public School System is supervised by the State Board of Education (SBOE), which is the policy-making body for public education in the state. The SBOE provides oversight and governance for K – 20 education levels.[12]

Current Board of Education members include:[13]

Member District Term Term Expires
Richard Westerberg, President Preston March 1, 2014
Kenneth Edmunds, Vice President Twin Falls March 1, 2013
Don Soltman, Secretary Twin Lakes March 1, 2014
Emma Atchley Ashton March 1, 2010
Paul Agidius Moscow March 1, 2011
Rod Lewis Boise March 1, 2010
Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction Boise
Milford Terrell Boise March 1, 2012

Budget

Pocatello-Chubbuck School District No. 25 published its annual budget on their district website.[14]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2008-2009 $59,120,900 59.4% $8,065,020 8.1% $6,292,085 6.3% $1,510,000 1.5% $24,522,873 24.6% $99,510,878
Averages: $59,120,900 59% $8,065,020 8% $6,292,085 6% $1,510,000 2% $24,522,873 25% $99,510,878

Academic Performance

Main article: Idaho academic performance

Idaho’s educational assessment system is administered from kindergarten through high school and focuses primarily on math, reading, and language use skills. Tests include the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI), the Idaho Direct Math Assessment (DMA), Idaho Direct Math Assessment (DMA), the Idaho English Language Assessment (IELA), and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), as well as the SAT and ACT.

Idaho’s accountability system monitors state and federal goals for increased student achievement; the system includes consequences and rewards for districts and school based on yearly results. Per federal and state law, every school and district must meet annual academic performance goals in reading and math, referred to as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). High schools are required to meeting graduation goals and middle and elementary are required to meet a third academic indicator goal. Schools and districts that do not make AYP are identified as in improvement.[15]

The Idaho State Department of Education reports the Pocatello Chubbuck School District as having 22 schools in the district. The district did not make AYP for the 2008-2009 academic year.[16]

Year Reading (% proficient) Math (% proficient) Language (% proficient) Graduation rate (%)
2007-08[17] 86.02% 80.38% 73.81% 88.97%
2008-09[17] 89.74% 81.64% 79.15% -

School Choice

Main article: Idaho school choice

Idaho passed its Charter School Law in 1998 in order to provide opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and the community to establish and maintain public charter schools. Charter schools operate independently from the school district but are a part of the public school system. Goals of the charter schools include improving student learning; increasing learning opportunities for students; incorporating innovative teaching methods; using virtual distance learning and online learning; creating professional development opportunities for teachers; providing parents and students with expanded school choice; and holding established charter schools accountable for meeting Idaho’s education standards.[18]

The Charter School Law allows for no more than six charter schools to open each year and since 1998, a total of 40 have opened with four closing voluntarily. As of 2009-2010, Idaho has six virtual charter schools and 30 physical charter schools in operation. Five more are set to open in the fall of 2010. [19]

The Pocatello Chubbuck School District includes the Pocatello Community Charter School, which opened in 1999 and serves grades K - 8.

Unions

The Idaho Education Association (IEA) is the teachers union for the State of Idaho.[20] The IEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[21]

External links

References

  1. Pocatello/Chubbuck, ID -- 2012-2013 board schedule (PDF)
  2. Pocatello/Chubbuck schools, ID -- Agendas and minutes
  3. Pocatello/Chubbuck Schools, ID -- Board of trustees
  4. ‘Pocatello Chubbuck Public Schools’, Administration, August 19, 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 ‘Pocatello Chubbuck Public Schools’, School Board Members
  6. Pocatello/Chubbuck schools, ID -- Human Resources Link is on left side of the page.
  7. ‘Pocatello Chubbuck Public Schools’, Request for Public Records, August 19, 2010
  8. Pocatello/Chubbuck Schools, ID -- AYP reports Link is the third in the center of the page.
  9. ‘Pocatello Chubbuck Public Schools’, School Board Agendas, August 19, 2010
  10. ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, Educator Resources - Contracts, August 9, 2010
  11. Idaho Statutes, "Title 33, Chapter 5," retrieved April 1, 2010
  12. ‘Idaho State Board of Education’, August 9, 2010
  13. ‘Idaho State Board of Education’, Board Members, August 9, 2010
  14. Pocatello-Chubbuck School District No. 25, "Pocatello-Chubbuck School District No. 25 FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 2, 2013
  15. ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, Statistics – Test Reports, August 9, 2010
  16. ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, Report Cards, August 19, 2010
  17. 17.0 17.1 Idaho Department of Education, "Pocatello Chubbuck District Report Card," retrieved August 30, 2010
  18. ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, School Choice, August 9, 2010
  19. ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, Idaho Charter Schools, August 9, 2010
  20. 'Idaho Education Association', August 9, 2010
  21. 'National Education Association', August 9, 2010