AIM is designed to help truant students address their attendance problems. The students carry a GPS device at all times. They also receive a wakeup call every morning. If they do not answer and their device does not show up on campus, AIM counselors continue trying to reach the students and communicate with the school to let them know where the student is or if they are still trying to locate the student.
The school board members agreed that based on the last school year’s results, they would like to assess how much the program has helped the students involved, and also the cost-effectiveness of AIM so that they can be accountable to the taxpayers.
The program costs $100,000 annually, but the district had lost almost $800,000 in state funding the previous year due to attendance problems.
Unfortunately, the information needed by the board to determine AIM’s effectiveness was not available Wednesday because AIM personnel had not had their own access to the district’s attendance reports. They had been receiving data months later than the time the reports had been made, making them unable to implement improvements in real time.
In fact, AIM representatives said that they had received no data since March. The trustees agreed that AIM should be given their own log-in code to view the attendance reports in a more timely manner. The board also decided that AIM representatives would be invited back to the district at a later time, once they have had a chance to assess the more recent data.
In other BISD news, teacher resignations as of May 29 include:
•Angela Dennis, elementary teacher, R.A. Hall
•Ophelia De Los Santos, Spanish teacher/coach, A.C. Jones
•Lauralee Bankston, elementary teacher, FMC
•Elizabeth Klontz, special education elementary teacher, Thomas Jefferson
Sarah Taylor is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or firstname.lastname@example.org.