SALEM Official isn't upset by score

Lengthening high school class periods is one effort being made to improve education.
SALEM -- City schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Brobeck says he isn't alarmed by the district's slight drop in its annual report card score.
Brobeck said Monday before a school board meeting that the district is continually taking steps to improve the education it offers.
In figures released Monday by the state education department, the city school district met 18 of 27 indicators used by the state to measure school districts' effectiveness.
Last year, Salem scored 20 on the state-issued report card. Printed versions of the cards will be sent to parents in March.
Brobeck attributed this year's drop to lower scores on proficiency tests in some grades.
"A two-point drop or a two-point gain doesn't make much of a difference," he said. "We're doing the things, fundamentally, that we have to do to get better."
Improvements: To improve, the district has taken several steps, including offering all-day instead of half-day kindergarten, increasing class lengths at the high school from 42 minutes to 50 minutes and giving teachers more time for classroom planning.
The school board reorganized Monday, electing Don Finch as its president.
Ken Kenst was named the panel's vice president.
Both men are entering their third year of service on the board.
Taking the oath of office were two new board members, Kathlyn Gano and Cindy Rottenborn.
The school board agreed to hire Jennifer Flynn of New Castle, Pa., as a special education teacher at Prospect Elementary.
Flynn will be paid about $24,950. This is her first full-time teaching job.

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