Kelly retires from Bradford schools

Eighth grade students select high school, Kreider track coach

By John A. Ballentine
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Mrs. Deb Kelly submitted her resignation papers to the Bradford School Board after 20 years of service. It was “with regret” the board accepted Kelly’s resignation due to retirement. Kelly served as the grade school secretary.
The board hired Mrs. Tosca Kreider as the boys’ track coach for this year’s track season. Bradford competes in the Bureau Valley East Conference for sports.

In a related note, transportation supervisor Paul Barry stated in his report that, “There are a lot of away track meets this year.” Barry also reported no problems with transportation presently.

The 2018-2019 school calendar was accepted by the board who selected Option 2. That calendar year for the Bradford School District aligns with Stark County schools’ calendar. Spring break will be March 25th through March 29th next year.

A request from the Bradford Betas asked to use Bradford School facilities for this past Saturday, March 24th for Easter related activities scheduled. Due to the snowstorm, it has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 31st. The board granted the request.

Bradford students from the eighth grade have made their choice of high school to attend for next year. Eleven chose Stark County High School and four opted for Bureau Valley High School. Henry-Senachwine High School is no longer an option for Bradford students.

Of 65 Bradford students who are attending high school, 34 attend Stark County High, 27 attend Bureau Valley High and four Seniors attend Henry-Senachwine High. This is the last year for Bradford students at Henry.

The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is scheduled for grades 5th and 8th for March 1 through April 30. The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which encompasses reading and math evaluations, is scheduled for March 5th through April 20th. The end of the third quarter of school occurred March 9th.

School Superintendent Chad Gripp informed the board regarding recent AIMSweb data. AIMSweb is a district-wide assessment for reading and associated comprehension testing. It supports Response to Intervention (RtI) and tiered instruction.

Gripp stated, “AIMSweb is what we use as our local assessment, so as we put numbers in, a couple of times each year I will share this with the board. There are two different AIMSweb assessments that we do for reading. One of them is a curriculum based measurement. All of our grades 1st through 8th showed improvement. The other assessment measures comprehension.

“During reading there will be one word omitted. There are three words in parenthesis and the students have to circle the one that makes sense. Most of the classes showed improvement, but there were a couple of classes which had a slight dip. It was a very minimal loss.”

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