Reporter staff report

A newsletter from Glen Rose ISD superintendent Wayne Rotan will be sent home with three-week student progress reports.

The first newsletter highlights improvements made on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test (TAKS). Students continued to improve test results, showing an increase in 20 out of 21 indicators.

Several cosmetic construction projects were finished over the summer. Parking lots were added to the Elementary and Junior High campuses as well as the Administration Building. Several classrooms were re-carpeted and repainted. The Elementary campus received a new set of doors to help funnel visitors to the office.

The letter also reports that every classroom in the district now has an Active Board. A distance learning lab was added to allow the expansion of the districtís dual credit program for high school students. A technology center is also in the works. It will be in the storefront next to the Administration Building and is scheduled to be completed by March 16, 2009.

The district gained 36 students of the summer months, bringing enrollment up to 1,709 students. Rotan said GRISD has averaged a one-percent student growth each year for the last 10 years.

Rotan also announced that the online gradebook is running. Parents can check their childís progress at the GRISD Web site, www.grisd.net. Passwords and directions will be included with the three-week reports.

An email database and a phone notification system will be maintained by the district to help keep parents informed about events. However, parents need to make sure their information is on file with the district and up to date.