January 2016 Luncheon

Our January 2016 Luncheon was held at Boulders Inn and the Reising Sun provided hot ham and cheese sandwiches with a salad... the hot part was much appreciated! This was the first meeting for the new year and the first for our new Chamber President Kyle Matzen.

Kyle began the meeting by thanking the outgoing president Shawn Comer and for his dedication and hard work over the last year.

After a round of introductions, The North Polk Community School District Superintendent, Dr. Dan Mart, shared the Iowa School Report Card for our district. The Iowa School Report Card was developed by the Iowa Department of Education and the ratings are based on the following educational measures:

  • Proficiency: The percentage of students scoring proficient or better on reading and mathematics assessments.
  • College and Career-Ready Growth: The percentage of students who are making the year-to-year growth necessary to be ready for college and career training by the end of high school.
  • Annual Expected Growth: The percentage of students making a year of academic growth in a year’s time on reading and mathematics assessments.
  • Closing Achievement Gap:A measure that reflects a statewide goal of narrowing the gap in achievement for students with disabilities, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and English Language Learners.
  • College and Career Readiness: The percentage of students who score at or above a level of performance on reading and mathematics assessments that predicts a higher probability of postsecondary success. (Middle/high schools only.)
  • Graduation Rate: The percentage of ninth-grade students who finished high school within five years. (High schools only.)
  • Attendance: The average daily attendance of students, which is the total number of days students were enrolled and present divided by the total number of possible attendance days.
  • Staff Retention: The percentage of teachers, school administrators and other licensed staff members who remained employed in a school over consecutive school years.

The results can be found here after entering "North Polk" in the search box.

Our new president covered the chamber events and goals for 2016 as well as pointing out the great membership discounts which are available until the end of January.

Our main speaker for this month was Mayor Jason Morse, who shared with us about the current and new development sin our city. There is an expected increase in both commercial and residential growth for 2016 along with a number of infrastructure projects that will benefit the city residents and businesses.

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