The Boone Community School District Special Education Instructional Services Delivery System was developed by the Core Special Education Committee comprised of parents of eligible individuals, special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, and representatives of Heartland Area Education Association and the School Improvement Advisory Committee appointed by the Board of Education.
The purpose of the Special Education Instructional Services Delivery System is to provide useful information to interested persons and serve as a guide for making educational decisions.
Persons with questions or concerns about this document are encouraged to contact:
Dr. Brad Manard
Boone Community School District
500 7th Street
Boone, Iowa 50036
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 directs schools receiving federal funding to eliminate discrimination based on disability from all aspects of school operation. The Boone Community School District does not discriminate in its educational programs and activities on the basis of a student’s disability. As a recipient of federal funds, the Boone Community School District provides students meeting Section 504 eligibility equal physical and academic access to services, programs, and activities as those offered to the general population.
The Boone Community School District recognizes some students require additional assistance and makes available to students services and supports that enhance opportunities to be successful in school and to graduate from the regular education program.
English Language Learner
The major goal of the Boone Community School District English Language Learner Program is to develop the English language skills of English language learners so that they can function well both in an English language academic setting and in society at a level comparable to their native English-speaking peers.
The Boone Community School District Health Services Department developed a Nursing Plan of Services that leads to a positive climate and environment that is collaboratively and intentionally designed to support the health needs and learning needs of all students. This process was part of an effort to acknowledge and manage changes through continuous improvement in school health services.
The Boone Community School District counselors and administration have engaged in a process to develop the Guidance Curriculum and Counseling Plan of Services. A periodic review and renewal of the Guidance Curriculum and Counseling Plan of Services was conducted during the 2011-2012 school year. This process was part of an effort to acknowledge and manage changes through continuous improvement in teaching and learning contributing to the revision of comprehensive program to support the personal/social, academic and career learning needs of all students.
Talented and Gifted (EXCEL)
EXCEL stands for Experiential Curriculum for the Enrichment of Learning. This is the name for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program in Boone Schools. The program is designed to meet the individual needs of gifted and talented students; to challenge and encourage them to increase and enrich their knowledge. The primary goal of EXCEL is to help gifted and talented learners realize their full potential and to experience personal fulfillment.
Title I services are provided to students in grades 1-4 in individual or small groups as supports for general education classroom reading instruction. Eligible students in first grade receive Title I services through Reading Recovery model. Informal reading assessments are used to assess phonemic awareness, sight word knowledge, oral fluency rate, and comprehension.
Parent Involvement Policy
The Boone Community School District Title I Program recognizes the importance of parent/family involvement in the planning and delivery of student support services. This plan encourages family involvement, supports school-home-community partnerships and considers involvement a vital link to a student’s educational progress, success and well-being.
It is important that families and schools work together to help students achieve high academic standards. A process including teachers, families, students and community representatives determined roles and responsibilities to support student success in school and in life. The Boone Community School District Student-Family-School Compact identifies roles and responsibilities that we as partners will carry out to support student success.
School In Need of Assistance Plan
In August of 2010 the Boone Community School District was notified that the math test scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for a designated group of students in 3rd – 5th grade did not meet the goal for annual yearly progress as stated in the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. As a result, the Franklin Elementary School and the Middle School were deemed Schools in Need of Assistance. No sanctions were relegated to the Middle School as it is not a Title 1 school. However, as Franklin is a Title 1 school, a specific action plan was designed to address student achievement. This plan has been adjusted each year to address the most current needs at Franklin elementary. The most current documents related to this status and plan are found here.
Under federal No Child Left Behind regulations, Franklin elementary is designated a School In Need of Assistance. Information regarding this status and Franklin’s improvement action plan can be found at the links below: