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July 21, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Q-comp shows results

Fairmont Area Schools is involved in Q-comp, a state program to assess teachers, spur innovative classroom techniques and reward teachers for successful participation. We like what we're hearing about Q-comp, which has been under review locally, given the end of the school year.

Among other things, many teachers observed their colleagues for the first time in many years. Teachers share the methods that work, with good teachers encouraged to reflect and articulate what they do best.

Teachers also worked in teams, and set goals, such as student reading proficiency.

We suppose many citizens thought some or all of these were already happening at the schools. That they were not is unfortunate. That they are being instituted is great.

School has good idea

We were also impressed this week to hear about the thinking and planning taking place at Truman Public Schools, where a new daycare center is in the works. The district hopes a child care center will encourage families to come to the school and keep their children enrolled as they get older. The school would like to shrink an achievement gap seen in students entering kindergarten.

"If we can provide a quality preschool to all levels of kids, we can increase their chances of success," says Superintendent Tom Ames.

We wish the district the best of luck.

Lincoln School sold

We congratulate Fairmont Area Schools for finding a buyer for Lincoln Schools, which has been home to some ancillary daycare and education programs. The school district has been hoping to sell the building in order to save on maintenance and upkeep.

While the building is not going for much - $11,100 to George and Gayla Properties of Meadville, Mo. - it will at least be off the books for the district.

The city of Fairmont played a helping hand in rezoning the site from residential to business. That helped ease the sale. Kudos to the school district and city for working together.



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