Greenville Public Schools meets best practices standards


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:34 am on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

GREENVILLE — Through Michigan’s best-practices initiative, Greenville Public Schools will receive an incentive payment.

During Monday night’s Greenville Public Schools Board of Education meeting, Director of Finance John Gilchrist said the school has met best practices requirements.

Last year, schools had to meet four of the five requirements to receive additional funding. However, the program was expanded and schools had to meet seven of eight requirements.

“I can tell you we meet seven of the eight,” Gilchrist told the board Monday night.

The eight areas in the best practices include the district:

• Being the designated policy holder for medical benefit plan(s).

• Obtaining competitive bids on provisions of student transportation, food service, custodial or one or more other non-instructional services.

• Accepting applications for enrollment by nonresident applicants.

• Monitoring and reporting individual student growth in each subject area at least twice during the school year using competency-based online assessment, provides a plan and shows progress toward developing a technology infrastructure.

• Supporting opportunities for students to receive postsecondary credit while attending secondary school.

• Offering online instructional programs or blended learning opportunities.

• Providing a dashboard or report card demonstrating the district’s effort to manage its finances responsibly.

• Providing physical education consistent with the state board’s policy.

The only practice Greenville Public Schools was not compliant with was obtaining competitive bids on non-instructional services because those items were not bid out this school year.

Board Secretary Ronald Billmeier asked if items such as snowplowing and lawn care counted towards this making Greenville Public Schools compliant with all eight of the best practices.

“We didn’t rebid this year (on those items),” said Superintendent Pete Haines.

Gilchrist said this money was already figured into the budget for the 2012-2013 school year.

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