The Odessa Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday evening. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Superintendent Bob Brinkley:
The board approved the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. Brinkley said there will be only minor differences from this year’s schedule. “The way Christmas falls will allow for a little more time off during the holiday season,” said Brinkley,” The other thing is that Easter is significantly later next year than this year and that changes the thinking as far as the testing window and the break that we take during that time.”
According to the superintendent, the most important factor in establishing the calendar is the potential impact on their kids. “We have a lot of other things, but one important driving point is about student achievement and how the schedule works for their testing,” said Brinkley.
On the note of achievement, the district recently received their preliminary testing results and officials are pleased with the results. “This is a comparison on how your students would score based on the new standards,” said Brinkley,” Anything over 90 percent is considered to be excelling at a very high level and our district scored over 93 percent which makes us very proud.”
The group also took action regarding the 2009 bond issue. Brinkley said this step will result in significant savings for the district. “With the extremely low interest rates we are currently experiencing, we had an opportunity to lower our rate,” said Brinkley,”We did not extend the length of the loan, but rather just lowered the rates. We actually saved around $780,000 by doing this.”
Brinkley also noted the schools have been able to keep their absenteeism at a minimum even with the busy flu season.