State test results in for Caledonia Schools

By Emily Bialkowski
Caledonia Argus

Results from the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are in for the Caledonia School District. The statewide exam helps districts recognize strengths and weaknesses, and information on Caledonia’s placement among similar schools was presented during the school board’s Oct. 22 meeting.

“Good, bad or indifferent,” Superintendent Ben Barton said, “all this is is just numbers. It’s really what are we going to do with this information.”

District-wide, the test indicates Caledonia is right in the middle – slightly above – state average in reading. In math for students in grade 11, Caledonia is again just over the state average. However, math results for the category that includes grades three through eight indicate the district is a few points below state average in math. Please see charts.

As with any statisical data, the district can chew on the numbers several different ways. Barton said, however, the affected departments are being briefed on the results and provided online resources to help them address any concerns.

“What we need to be able to do is use these assessments to drive instructional decisions in the classroom,” Barton said. “They help us see if the students are learning or not. If they are not (learning) we need to ask ourselves what are we going to do about it,” Barton said.

The board addressed several other items on the evening.



The board accepted the resignation of Jacquelyn Hauser as seventh grade girls basketball coach and Ken VanDenBoom as the co-assistant boys and girls golf coach, both effective immediately.

The board agreed to hire Reese Wait as head girls track coach at a rate of $3,284 and Tammy Schuldt as a part-time middle school/high school special education assistant at a rate of $10.26 per hour.

The board agreed to ratify the contract with Crystal Ostern as a part-time MS/HS special education assitant at a rate of $10.26 per hour along with Keri Eglington as a part-time ECFE assistant at the same rate.

The board agreed to ratify the contract for Peggy Perry as the yearbook advisor at a rate of $3,001; Bethany Meiners as the parent and family educator at a rate of $23.40 per hour; and Jamie Ideker as a part-time elementary educational assistant at a rate of $10.26 per hour.

A coaching leave of absence was approved for Janet Westland from her co-assistant gymnastics coaching position for the 2012-13 school year.

And finally, the winter sports coaching contracts were approved. Please see chart.



The board approved two policies, including one addressing crisis management and one addressing mandated reporting of maltreatment of vulnerable adults policy.

The board is currently reviewing two additional policies and will likely approve them at the next school board meeting. They include the family medical leave policy and the student sex non-discrimination policy, which both follow state law.


Warrior pride

Recognition was extended to SEMA Equipment,  Dennis Gavin and Brent Schroeder for the use of their equipment. Donnie Moore and Spencer Yohe were also recognized for their work with the special parking area in the end zone this year during football games.