School board discusses youth risk survey

This is a report of Tuesday’s Clovis Board of Education meeting:

• School District Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks discussed the results of the 2007 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. Sparks said while the survey doesn’t provide statistical data, it still provides trends that the district can use to address social issues among students.

More than 400 students in middle and high school answered the survey questions.

She said results of the survey indicate the need to talk to students about sex. According to the report 29.3 percent of the students surveyed have had sex.

She said while abstinence should be taught as the only way to prevent teen pregnancy and sexual transmitted diseases, the district should also teach students about other ways of birth control.

“We really need to begin an open conversation about what they need to know,” she said.

• District Director of Information Technologies Butch Hamer updated board members on the progress of the Skyward Data information system. He said a parent component of the program will come in April. The component will give parents access to their child’s school record, such as grades and disciplinary actions. But the program will give parents access to their child’s attendance information at first, he said.

• Board members approved a three-year technology plan. The plan aims to provide wireless Internet in Clovis schools, implement video-conferencing learning centers and other technology designed to improve learning.

Hamer said the plan would qualify the school district for federal technology grants.

• The Board of Education elected new officers. Lora Harlan now serves as board president, Mark Lansford serves as vice president and Terry Martin is the board secretary.