District: Strive to Excel's re-submitted report 'comprehensive'

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comDecember 16, 2011 

  • Strive to Excel officials have said a single-year $41,000 compensation increase for president Tim Singleton was not a pay raise per se, but the result of the nonprofit organization's decision to provide benefits once paid for by the Beaufort County School District.

    However, figures provided by the district suggest that's not the case.

    For a breakdown, go to editor Jeff Kidd's blog at blogs.islandpacket.com/InsidePages.

A report on Strive to Excel's programs is "comprehensive," a Beaufort County School District official said.

The nonprofit mentoring group's initial draft, submitted Dec. 2, was deemed incomplete, but a new version submitted Thursday drew praise.

"I think they did a great job of providing comprehensive data," said Sean Alford, the district's instructional services chief. "It showed over time they've had success with the majority of their goals."

The report is required under an agreement Strive signed with the district that allows its mentoring program to continue at Hilton Head Island High and Hilton Head Island Middle schools. That agreement was in response to concerns raised earlier in the school year about Strive's finances and board governance.

The re-submitted report contains information about Strive's work during the 2010-11 school year. In that year, the program served students in fourth through 12th grades, according to the report.

The report outlines three goals for the organization:

  • Helping participants graduate

  • Helping participants transition to post-secondary education

  • Providing financial assistance

  • Data presented include the number of parent meetings held, the number of students who participated in SAT or ACT tutoring and the number of students who received scholarships through their participation in the organization.

    Also included are the results from a survey of 85 parents with children in the Strive to Excel program, in which 96 percent said their child's participation helped prepare them for post-secondary activities.

    Details about how the survey was conducted were not available Friday. Alford said the district had not asked to see the raw data from the survey but was pleased with the summary of results presented.

    The report also indicates that Strive is monitoring report cards of all its participants. However, it provided no details of participants' grades.

    Alford said the district had not asked for that data and won't unless there's a cause for concern. The point of the report, he said, is to ensure Strive is monitoring its progress toward its goals.

    "We outlined the expectations from the (district's agreement with Strive). You'll see that they didn't fall short in any way, shape or form," he said.

    Strive board secretary Tom Gardo said Friday he was not yet prepared to answer questions about the report.

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    3. Strive students happy with program, district survey shows; Sept. 24, 2011
    4. Superintendent announces Strive to Excel changes; Sept. 20, 2011
    5. Salary for nonprofit head comes under scrutiny; Aug. 29, 2011

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