Phenix City Schools Superintendent Randy Wilkes posted a stakeholder presentation to YouTube on Monday morning.
Wilkes said the school system has had a lot of success this year, the first being receiving its first A on the state report card and being selected as the most improved out of 138 other school systems in Alabama. Also, Meadowlane Elementary School was named a National Distinguished School, receiving recognition in Atlanta. He included the many clubs and teams, such as the Senior Beta Club who did well in state competition.
Central High School students have a new College/Career Readiness record at 92 percent. Wilkes said that the current graduation rate is at 97 percent and that in 2011, it was only been at about 51 percent. In Classroom Observations, Wilkes said that there has been a steady improvement despite the fact that the school system had to miss Observation Week. He also said that attendance has been phenomenal overall.
“This would have, in my opinion, been higher had we remained in school,” Wilkes said, “because we get points for kids coming to school on the report card.”
Report cards will be posted to the iNow Parent Portal by May 23, and no paper copies will be given until schools reopen and a request is made. Kindergarten report cards will be emailed. Contact your school, if you have questions or concerns.
Summer school will be conducted remotely and as for next school year, Wilkes said he couldn’t say yet as to how it would start.They are working on a plan that will focus on student and employee safety, re-opening under various circumstances, adaptation of learning environment and events, equitable learning, and use of funds.
“I don’t know what it (re-opening) will look like yet,” Wilkes said, “but we’ll have to be just as agile as we were this spring.”
As for the school system’s budget, Wilkes said that it is approved and going to the governor. The state also passed a capital bond.
“That’s money off the top of the education trust fund that school systems don’t have to pay back,” Wilkes said. “We’ll be getting about $1,000 per student—about $7.2 million—for capital projects next year. Hopefully, the governor will sign off on those things (budget items).”
PCS will benefit from The Cares Act, the federal stimulus package, by receiving $2.1 million.
“All of that will be utilized for COVID-19,” Wilkes stressed. “None of it will be used for construction. That wouldn’t be legal.”