School board discusses math curriculum, road closure

RECOGNIZED AT MEETING–Several teachers and students were recognized at the Oct. 17 Red Bud Board of Education meeting. Students recognized were first grader Charlie Rohlfing and high schoolers Emma Roscow, Kailyn Moeller and Abby Wolter. Staff recognized were Patty Salger from the elementary school and Anne Sievers from the high school. Rohlfing, Salger and Sievers are pictured with the board members at the meeting.

Updates on the new elementary math curriculum and how the district will deal with getting students to school during a temporary road closure were some of the bigger items of discussion at the Red Bud Board of Education meeting on Oct. 17.

Elementary Principal Ryan McClellan noted that over the time that he and Dustin Nail served as the district’s curriculum director (a position the district no longer has), they had identified gaps in the math curriculum. They believed these gaps could account for testing issues. So they began looking for a new math curriculum. 

This is the first year for the new program and McClellan said that they are already seeing a difference in student engagement and that all of the gaps they identified are “being addressed better.”

While not on the agenda for the evening, the temporary closure of State Route 154 by the Baldwin Bridge was a concerning topic for the board. Superintendent Jonathan Tallman noted that the closure will affect the bus routes for approximately 60 students, mostly from the elementary school.

For safety, District Transportation Director Cari Lucht and her drivers prefer to use detours and stay on main roads, which would add approximately 40 minutes travel time. 

For more on the school board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.