Lawrence County Director of Schools Speaks to Rotary Club
by Bob Augustin Jr.
Dr. Bill Heath, Lawrence County Director of Schools, was the guest speaker at the February 19, 2010 meeting of the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club. The topic of Dr. Heath's presentation was the Lawrence County Elementary School's Report Card.
Dr. Heath explained that items 1 through 5 on the Report Card were based on academic achievement which was how the students did on the test and items 6 through 9 were value added which indicated the value the teachers added to the students education. A score of 90 and above is an "A", a score of 80-89 is a "B" and a score of 70-79 is a "C".
1. Mathematics A
2. Reading/Language B
3. Social Studies B
4. Science B
5. Writing A
6. Mathematics C
7. Reading/Language C
8. Social Studies B
9. Science B
Dr. Heath said that the Grade Point Average (GPA) of the Lawrence County School System was 3.00 on a 4.00 scale which was fourth out of the sixteen school systems in close proximity to Lawrence County, with only the school systems of the City of Manchester, Williamson County and the City of Franklin ranking higher.
In the area of Expenditure of Dollars Per Pupil, Lawrence County ranked 14th out of the 16 school systems in the area spending $7,463.00 per student. The City of Franklin in comparison spent $11,877.00 per student. Dr. Heath stated that, although Lawrence County was spending less dollars than most of the surrounding school systems, it was getting a bigger bang for its bucks because of the higher GPA scores.