A highly anticipated education foundation took its first few steps in its creation at the Bethalto School Board Meeting last night. Also a Title I Grant School-wide Flexibility Model was presented.

Bethalto School Community Foundation Board President Steve Bryant says things are running smoothly in regard to the creation of the Bethalto Education Foundation.

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Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jill Griffin says Title I funding nearly doubled for the 2016 fiscal year as the district received $1,027,619 compared to the approximately $591,000 received last year. Griffin says for the most part the jump wasn't just a one time thing:

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Griffin says the new PARCC testing system that’s replacing the PSAE and the ISAT, which were both taken at the junior level, is completely different in that it requires much more writing and analyzing in every subject instead of just in English. She says as a result the preliminary numbers are coming back much lower for Bethalto because they take the test entirely online, whereas schools who take it with pencil and paper are doing much better. The next board meeting will be January 25th at 6:30pm.

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