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Davis hires new ag teacher, extends teacher pay raises

Davis Public Schools is set for a bounceback school year according to Superintendent Mark Moring. This past week, the School Board hired Branden Sapp to be it’s new ag teacher. Sapp has been the ag teacher at Shawnee and before that, was in Lindsay. Moring expects the hire to be the last one before school starts with the exception of possibly a para-professional if needed.
The school will absorb the late loss of Tylor Lampkin, who resigned to move to Washington. Davis will move people around to fill Lampkin’s Physical Education classes, as well as his head coaching duties in fast pitch softball and baseball. For more information on DHS coaching duties, see the story on page 2.
In addition to the new hire, the July school board saw a new Certified Salary Schedule approved for Davis, which includes new step raises for teachers with 26-30 years of experience.
Several years ago, the state upped the requirements for full retirement from 80 years of combined age and experience to 90. That means that teachers must teach an additional 5 years to reach retirement.
“Most of our teachers are on the 90 formula so instead of capping the step raises at 25 years, we increased it to 30,” Moring said after the meeting. The raise will be $425 per year in each year from 26 to 30.
As DPS preps for the 2021-22 school year, results were posted of the work done in 2020-21. Unlike every other year in recent memory, COVID-19’s havok claimed another casualty in the form of the annual school report cards announced by the state. Due to the odd year, test results are not uniform and complete so the state could not issue the report cards or state averages for the testing completed in April.
“We have the results from most of our tests now, but with nothing to compare it to, I don’t know what conclusions we can really draw,” Moring noted.
The abrupt ending to the 2019-20 school year, combined with the disruptions in schools across the state this past year, the numbers are bound to be lower than before. With incomplete results, though, the achievement of both students and their teachers is hard to assess.
One assessment that can be quantified is the ACT scores by college-bound students. With the institution of new ACT preparation classes taught by Robyn Whaley and Amanda Rogers, Davis High Schoolers raised it their average score from 17.4 to 18.1 this year. With the state average being 17.7, Moring was proud of the fact that Davis surpassed the state average for the first time in five years.
Moring and his staff, along with the students and, especially their parents, are hoping for a normal year. With school set to begin on Aug. 12, there are just three more weeks to get ready for the first bell to ring.

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