Though the annual state report cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education are quite popular, New Albany-Plain Local School District residents might be unaware of another annual document that provides information about the local schools.

The district-produced quality profile shows residents achievements in student instruction and experience that go beyond the academics reported on in the state report cards, said district spokesman Patrick Gallaway, who compiled the profile.

The profile for the 2017-18 school year was released in October and is available at napls.us/QP.

The district received an A for the 2017-18 school year on the state report card, which was released in September.

New Albany-Plain Local leaders began creating the profile about five years ago, said Superintendent Michael Sawyers.

The document includes three primary categories: academic achievement, arts and athletics, and access and opportunity. The latter section illustrates opportunities students have in such areas as traveling abroad and volunteering.

“The quality profile is a true celebration of the entire school district, not just the report card and test scores,” Sawyers said.

Part of the profile shows that the district’s building reconfiguration and increased academic instructional time of about 20 minutes daily correlates to academic achievement, Sawyers said.

At the start of the 2017-18 school year, preschool and kindergarten classes moved to the old K-1 building; grades 1-3 moved to the old 2-5 building; grades 4-6 moved to the 2-8 Learning Center; and grades 7 and 8 were in the middle school building.

The buildings were renamed the Early Learning Center, New Albany Primary School, New Albany Intermediate School and New Albany Middle School.

The change provided students with easier accessibility to learning curriculum, Sawyers said, because students in accelerated content areas can learn in their home school building without having to travel to another building.

In addition to providing an overview about student achievement, the quality profile includes financial information.

The profile provides a financial review to demonstrate the district’s goal of increasing academic achievement while decreasing expenditures, Sawyers said.

For example, the district reduced its budget by 5.5 percent, or a total of $6.3 million, in the last two years by making personnel changes, he said. Those changes included moving to a high-deductible health plan for staff and standardizing the cost-of-living adjustment to 2.5 percent annually for teacher salaries.

Those items were approved as part of the negotiated agreement approved in spring 2017 between the school district and the Plain Local Education Association teachers union, Gallaway said. The agreement has a three-year term.

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