The Dow Corning Foundation contributed $15,000 to the Trimble County Schools for STEM education projects. Steve Consley and Joey Martin with Dow Corning in Carrollton presented the check to the school board during a meeting Wednesday. Trimble County Superintendent Marcia Dunaway, left, and school board president Haley Turner accepted the check on behalf of the schools. (Staff photo by Renee Bruck/rbruck@madisoncourier.com)
The Dow Corning Foundation contributed $15,000 to the Trimble County Schools for STEM education projects. Steve Consley and Joey Martin with Dow Corning in Carrollton presented the check to the school board during a meeting Wednesday. Trimble County Superintendent Marcia Dunaway, left, and school board president Haley Turner accepted the check on behalf of the schools. (Staff photo by Renee Bruck/rbruck@madisoncourier.com)
Trimble County schools will work to increase state test scores by preparing a new district improvement plan and creating new curriculum and assessments.

At Wednesday's school board meeting, Shannon Coyle, a recovery specialist in language arts, discussed approaches used in the district since she began working as a specialist last summer. By working with staff and students, Coyle and other administrators have begun to address the college and career readiness component to state assessments, she said.

Coyle said curriculum changes have been implemented to help students succeed in classes, as well as on future state testing. Administrators have met with students to identify goals for high school careers and college, while also making preparations to meet those goals.

"We need to make sure these kids graduate," Coyle said.

Freshmen at Trimble County High School will set goals in attendance, grades and assessment scores soon, she said.

"I really can't wait to get in there and talk with those freshmen," Coyle said.

Other professional development offered by the district helps teachers create a curriculum that helps students in classes and prepares them for the transition to college or life after graduation.

Administrators and the recovery specialists have also made a walk-through to observe classes in each of the district's schools. Assessments will continue throughout the district this year.

Coyle and other recovery specialists will work within the school district for the next three years to help improve scores on state testing, Superintendent Marcia Dunaway said after the meeting.

Also during the meeting, Trimble County Schools Instructional Supervisor Rebecca Moore presented a Comprehensive District Improvement Plan required by the state. The plan includes five goals for the district including increases in school readiness, achievement, college and career readiness, gap and graduation rates.

Only four goals - achievement, college and career readiness, gap and graduation rates - are required by the state to be part of a district's plan.

"Some of (the goals) will be tough to meet," Moore said.

The plan, which will be submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education online, may be amended, revised and updated so that the plan may stay current with the district's successes.

"If we can do what is in here...it would be fantastic," board member Tony Walker said of the district plan.

In other business:

• Trimble County residents Joey Martin and Steve Consley with Dow Corning in Carrollton presented a $15,000 check to the district for science, technology, engineering and mathematics - STEM - projects. The money will help buy textbooks, cameras and other equipment.

• Trimble County Schools will be in session on Feb. 18 as a snow make-up day.