AVID’s website states that AVID has been implemented in more than 4,800 school sites across the country, with the highest concentration in the central and southern United States.
Questions from board members Don Shandy, Linda Sexton and Dan Snell addressed the program’s strategy for rentention, potential conflict with arts electives and program cost to the district, respectively.
“We will commit general fund resources to this because it is a long-term plan which fits into our AP initiatives,” Siano said. “This is something we need to be doing, and the grant helps us accelerate it.”
In addition to the informational presentation, the board also heard a presentation on results of the district’s Staff Development Report, an update on the year’s four Citizens Advisory Council meetings and approved continued employment of contracted certified teaching staff.
The meeting’s awards assembly honored students from elementary to high school for academic, athletic and even culinary excellence, occupying the first hour of the meeting and drawing a standing-room only crowd of parents, friends and school staff.