Nevada R-5 school board gets report on A+ program

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Nevada Daily Mail

An A+ scholarship is worth between $10,000 and $15,000 to a Nevada graduate who participates in the program, Rebecca Keltner, the R-5 A+ coordinator told the Nevada School Board during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

She said there are 303 students who are in the program and 143 who have tutoring hours.

The value of the A+ scholarships makes those tutoring hours worth between $22 and $50 per hour.

There are 86 seniors who have a 97.9 percent attendance rate, and a total of more than 5,000 hours of tutoring, with an average GPA of 3.33, she said.

Keltner said the program has been going since the state established it more than 20 years ago.

Keltner, who is in her fourth year of coordinating the program, said that she would like to increase the enrollment and that she talks to each class at enrollment time.

"The more the kids get to know me and how much I care about them, they come and ask me."

She said that many four-year schools are finding the A+ program is impacting their enrollment and in response some schools, like MSSU and MSU are starting to offer scholarships.

"An Illinois school is willing to match A+," she said.

"I think the enrollment will continue to increase as long as the legislature continues to fund it," Keltner said.

In other business the board:

* Voted 6-1, with Monte Smith voting no, to accept the offer from Blue Cross-Blue Shield for the district's health insurance for the 2015-16 school year. Nevada superintendent Dr. Tyson Beshore told the board the insurance is expected to increase by about 8.9 percent from the current. Smith voted no after telling the board he thought the district should request bids from other insurance companies before accepting this offer. Beshore told him that it was too late to bid the insurance for the next school year and have the entire process be completed before the new school year begins in July.

* Beshore told the board what he has been saying all year about the district's budget, that it's still early in the budget process, but "everything looks good." The district fiscal year ends on June 30 and it will be voting on the 2015-16 budget at the June board meeting.

* Voted 7-0, to declare the "thin client" computer units the district purchased several years ago, and will not function on the district's network, surplus property so they can be sold.

* Voted 7-0, to approve the district's agreement to provide educational services for school age residents at Heartland.

* Voted 7-0 to approve the district's 2015 food service agreement with OPAA.

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