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Jamestown school program OK'd

The Jamestown School Board passed a Contract for Excellence at Tuesday night's meeting.

Deke Kathman, assistant superintendent for curriculum, said the contract deals with the increased state aid the city school district will receive for the next school year.

Kathman said districts that saw a 10 percent increase in their state aid, plus other factors, must use that money in five categories -- class size reduction, time on task, teacher and principal quality initiatives, middle school and high school restructuring and pre-K and kindergarten initiatives.

Residents will be able to express their feelings about the Contract for Excellence over the next several days.

"We have invited, over the next 10 days, the public to write in with their commentary -- positives, negatives, questions, comments," Kathman said. "We'll take all those documents that we receive into account in finalizing the plan."

Kathman said they had to allocate nearly $2 million in new aid to the specified five areas.

The caveat there, Kathman said, is a number of new expenses to the general fund for existing programs. So as the district has lost funding for some programs, Kathman said, they've had to dig into their general fund to cover those costs.

Meanwhile, Tuesday night's meeting was the last to be held in the Windstream Building in downtown Jamestown. Starting next month, board members will meet in the new administrative offices in Jefferson Middle School on Martin Road.

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