Pruitt: ES schools look ahead to exams, new opportunities in spring semester

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Eureka Springs School District is back in session, working to prepare students for exams and provide new opportunities in the spring semester of the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent Bryan Pruitt said the district began working on several new projects in the fall semester and hopes to continue providing new opportunities to its students in the spring semester.

“We have been working on a new outdoor classroom, and we’re going to be using that K-12,” he said. “It’s right behind the middle school overlooking the high school. Our high school principal, David Gilmore, was instrumental in getting that started. They’re working on the roof today on that building.”

The district also introduced a new reading curriculum, the American Reading Company (ARC) Literacy Lab curriculum, for grades K-8 this fall, Pruitt said, and staff members are eager to see how students will perform on the ACT Aspire exams this spring.

“We think we’ve been pushing reading really hard,” he said, “and there’s a lot of accountability. The kids are leaders in that process. We’re really excited and anticipating some growth there with our students.”

Pruitt continued, “Everyone has been working hard and getting students prepared for those ACT Aspire scores. Those are very important, but they’re not the most important thing students do here.”

Having a variety of opportunities for students is one of the district’s biggest goals, he said.

“We have a few kids in the new C4 program, and our students using the new greenhouse have provided lettuce for the lunchrooms and cafeterias,” Pruitt said. “Our athletic teams are all doing well. We’ve been doing ‘Leader and Me’ at the elementary, and that’s been inspirational to our kids. They’re not kids or students, they’re leaders.”

He continued, “We want those opportunities available for our kids, so any time we can explore and expand in those areas to help our kids we will. It used to be for a long time that everything was about college-bound students. In Eureka Springs, we do have a lot of kids who go on to college, but even for the ones who don’t, we want them to be prepared to be successful.”

Having different opportunities ensures that students will have more diversified backgrounds, Pruitt said, for whatever path they take after high school.

He said the district is also working with architects to make some renovations on the elementary school.

“We’ve got some plans done, and we’re meeting this week,” he said, “to get that process up for bids. The corridor area when you walk into the elementary is a little bit dated, and we’d like to make it even more education-friendly than it is now. We want to give it a brighter finish and give the kids something to be proud of.”

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