TRCS BOE approves Reading Now Network resolution

THREE RIVERS — The Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education Monday approved a Reading Now Network (RNN) resolution to adopt the research-based philosophy to improve literacy rates.
RNN “is an alliance of school and community organizations from across Southwest Michigan dedicated to raising literacy rates.” As a result of joining the network, Three Rivers Community Schools will “adopt the goal of realizing a minimum of 80 percent of third graders reading proficiently at grade level and systematically implementing intervention strategies for the 20 percent who, due to normal developmental differences, take a little longer.”
According to the Board, one in six children who do not read proficiently in third grade are four times more likely to fail to graduate from high school on time. The network costs nothing to join and provides an avenue to share “successful, research-based literacy instruction” with other schools across the RNN. The RNN aims to “design and deliver teacher professional development that reflects the best practices in K-3 literacy,” open classrooms to “cross-regional learning,” assist parents with “at-home strategies, including non-English speaking or non reading parents” and “openly share successful strategies for early intervention, remediation and acceleration.”
In other business the Board…
•Entered into a contract with CARMI Design Group out of Edwardsburg for a facilities assessment of 11 facilities associated with Three Rivers Community Schools in the amount of “approximately $33,000,” with the first installment expected to be “approximately $16,000.”
•Adopted an updated speaker card for public comments made at TRCS Board of Education meetings. The new speaker cards are a combination of the two previous documents that were used for this purpose and include new information about legal ramifications of “defamation or invasion of privacy” under the law.
The cards include requiring those who wish to speak to check a box agreeing they acknowledge the rules of participating in the meeting and will adhere to those rules. The cards also include a list of topics the individual may want to discuss, a choice of a preferred method of contact and a reminder of the three-minute time limit for each speaker.
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