BY ANITA STIEFEL
OPELIKA— The Opelika City Schools Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Among the items of business, the board approved a textbook committee, granted permission for two field trip requests and approved contracting with a new company for benchmark assessment.
The board approved recommendations from Pam Fourtenbary, assistant superintendent of curriculum, to appoint educators Judy Eldred, Mandy Baker and Katie Murray to a committee to review choices for a new Family and Consumer Science textbook. Stephanie Kemp was approved as parent representative.
The board approved a request for OHS’s Ovations Choir to travel to Biloxi to participate in a show choir competition, as well as approved a request for OHS’s OGRE robotics club to participate in a regional competition in Orlando. Both field trips are set for March 2023.
To comply with state literacy and numeracy laws, the board approved a recommendation to change the schools’ benchmark assessment and intervention product from Aimsweb Plus to I-Ready. According to Fourtenbary, I-Ready is an upgrade, with expanded screening services, and it is approved by both the state literacy and numeracy task forces. The state of Alabama will provide a total of $32,000 in funding toward the total cost of $46,000.
The next meeting of the board will be a combined November/December meeting and is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m.