Linden City Schools see significant improvement in reading testing scores

Published 6:33 pm Sunday, July 2, 2023

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The Linden Board of Education has received its scores for state testing and Superintendent Dr. Timothy Thurman expressed his satisfaction and excitement with the “dynamic” scores.

The second and third grade reading scores showed tremendous improvement. The second grade testing scored a 76.7, just below the state average of 78 percent. The state average for third grade is 76 percent and the Linden third grade class scored 83.3 percent.

“Our teachers and reading coaches have done an outstanding job,” said Thurman.

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Board member Mitzi Gates said that the state’s average test scores fell two points, making Linden’s increase in third grade reading “that much more fantastic.”

Other items discussed by the board:

  • Thurman reported that the HVAC systems for the each school has been completed
  • Thurman said that he is still working on removing the trailer behind the elementary school. He has met with Public Works director Donte Dukes to find someone who is willing to take it away.

Action Items:

  • The board approved the LCS financial statements for May 2023 and all bank statements have been reconciled
  • The board updated the Non-Resident Enrollment Request Form for Linden City Schools
  • The board changed Nurse Gamble’s days to work from 182 to 187
  • The board accepted the resignation letter from Ms. Rose Wolf as special needs teacher at LHS
  • The board hired Mr. James Sewell as special needs aid at GPA
  • The board hired Mrs. Tonya Starks as principal at GPA
  • The board hired Mrs. Javalyn McCall as intervention teacher at GPA
  • The board hired Mrs. LaMonica Howard as ELA instructor for LHS
  • The board hired Mrs. Delandra Gamble as special education teacher at GPA
  • The board hired Mr. William Buford as social science teacher at LHS
  • The board hired Ms. Whitney McDole as Special Education teacher at LHS