Vice Chairman Bill Comeau asked what initiatives are in place to address the ranking of the high school at 11 points below the state average.
"In math, the one caveat is the transition to the common core," he said, referring to new state standards and adding that teachers are "trying to slowly segue into the new standards."
"The bottom line is, DESE hasn't really been too keen on virtual education," Jolicoeur said. "It kind of takes the students out of the box."
"It's hard to capture that population for the full year," Jolicoeur said.
Members of the school community have met with social workers and state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan to try to build a relationship, he said.
Another challenge faced by the district is an unexpected influx of students from homeless families. The number of students fluctuates because they come from a transient population, but it's around 185 students, Jolicoeur said.
"How do we beef up what we're doing at the middle school?" asked Beth Pratt, administrator of school curriculum.
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Because the district has a high rate in some areas, an improvement based on growth is difficult to achieve, Principal Tom Brown said.
Parents have come into the parent center, where they can reach out and get someone on the phone and navigate for resources, said Gina Wironen, administrator of community engagement, media relations and the parent center. She has also gone to see the families in local motels.
Some of the standards from ninth grade will likely be moved down to eighth grade.
"We need to be there now," he said. "We need to start pushing."
Students who participate in virtual learning would take rigorous online courses and do internships with local businesses, social service agencies and nonprofit groups, Jolicoeur said. The districts have not made any commitments to curriculum providers or to purchase technology.
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Because the students' attendance would not be tracked and they would be out of school while interning, the students would have control over their own education.
"The bottom line is student achievement and student growth," Superintendent of Schools James Jolicoeur told the School Committee at its meeting Monday night.
The district has seen a decline of 7 percent to 9 percent in math scores. The Math Department is trying to identify target areas. In class tutoring has been increased, Brown said.
Leominster is working with six central Massachusetts school districts to consider virtual learning, which he Omega Women's Watches Leather said would bring an innovation zone to the area.
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"The targeted work is going to yield some growth," he said, adding that concerns remain.
LEOMINSTER From improving student achievement to providing services to 185 unexpected students, the Leominster Public School District is keeping a lot of balls in the air.
Where the funding for those students will come from is not clear. Although the district is servicing the transient students for the majority of the school year, they are moving from place to place.
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