ESD compares MEAP numbers to state

ALPENA – The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District reviewed the Michigan Department of Education MEAP scores during its Thursday board meeting, comparing area schools scores to state scores. Gary Goren, general education director, said the AMA ESD as a whole mirrored state scores.

“State scores in math, reading, and writing were higher. In general, state scores have improved,” Goren said.

However, Goren said, social studies and science scores remained consistent to last years scores. The lowest scores are in fifth grade science and the highest state scores are in reading.

“The AMA ESD, as a whole, generally duplicated this pattern, we generally mirrored the state scores,” he said.

In other business:

* the board approved January financial statements showing a total fund balance of $759,495 in its general fund with $1,019,311 in revenues and $1,066,468 in expenditures. The special education fund showed a fund balance of $4,332,991 with revenues of $3,900,792 and expenditures of $2,861,416.

* board expenses for January were approved with $210 in per diem and $127.69 in mileage.

* the next board meeting will be held March 14 at 6 p.m.

* Pied Piper Winter Carnival will be held Feb. 22.