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10 I CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, June 4, 2015 Mayfest 2015 Award continued from page 1 ther a gold, silver or bronze medal rank- ing, and in the case of gold and silver, a national numeric ranking. "This award is a testament to our teachers" hard work and efforts in cre- ating a climate of high achievement whereby our vision of 'safety, hope, and praise' is set in action every day," Ray Picicci, CHS assistant principal cur- riculum/instruction/assessment and school district assessment coordinator 9-12, said. According to U.S. News and World Reports methodology, a three-step pro- cess was used to generate the "Best High Schools" rankings. The first step was to identify high schools that performed bet- ter than expected on state accountability Projects According to organizers, Cheney's third annual Mayfest, celebrated last weekend, May 29-30, was a great success. Good crowds both days enjoyed a variety of activities and events downtown. From left to right: Lucas Hathaway, Dillon Dennison and Alex Adams compete in a 3-on-3 basketball toumament Saturday moming; the Kelly Hughes Band performed Friday night; the Cheney High School marching band and drill team took part in Saturday's parade; festival goers try their hands -- and feet -- at scaling a climbing wall. assessments, given their population of economically disadvantaged students, while the second step was to identify high schools whose disadvantaged stu- dents performed better than the state average for disadvantaged students. The third step was to identify high schools that performed best in provid- ing students with access to challeng- ing college-level coursework. Schools receiving a bronze medal passed both steps one and two and either had a col- lege readiness index below the median or did not have an index at all, with silver and gold level schools at or above the median. Cheney High received an overall college readiness index of 18.7. Robert Morse, U.S. News and World Reports chief data strategist, said the scoring is weighted more towards the percentage of students passing than the percentage taking the test. "The way U.S. News is saying it is that passing is more important than tak- ing," Morse said. Cheney High had a 24 percent par- ticipation rate for students taking the AP tests, with 70 percent of students passing. Morse said Cheney's index was just below the median of college readiness in the bronze level, with an index of 18.4 needed to achieve silver medal status. Cheney rated a 3.5 score in terms of reading proficiency, Which is determined by student results on the schooFs "High School Proficiency Exam" or "End-of- Course AssesSments" tests. According to the repo,.16640ercent of students tested I NEWS I I Kelly Hughes photo by AI Stover/3-on-3 photo by Harlan Shellabarger/All other photos by Rachel StUart at the advanced level with 26 percent testing at the proficient level. With regards to mathematics profi- ciency; also using the same test results, Cheney rated a 2.9, with 31 percent achieving advanced level and 41 percent proficient level. "If every student had scored at ad- vanced, it would be a 4.0," MorSe said of both reading and math. In overall student performance, the first step in reaching the bronze level Cheney achieved a 108.7, 16.4 points above the expected state testing expecta- tions. With 75 percent of disadvantaged students, the second step, the high school also exceeded state testing expectations among disadvantaged students. John McCallum can be reached at continued from page 1 to sign a Local Agen- cy Federal Aid Project tSrospectus between the city and the Washing- ton State Department of Transportation. The council also signed a local agency agreement authoriz- ing spending $27,200 in federal funds on pre- liminary engineering for the project. Public Works Director Todd Ableman said the Betz preservation project was originally scheduled for sometime in 2017- 18, but because another agency was not ready to obligate the funds, it allowed Cheney to move its project ahead in order to meet regional funding goals. "With the funding, we are able to bump the engineering up to this year, with construction hopefully taking place next year," Ableman added. The council also ap- proved a project pro- spectus and local agency agreement with WS- DOT to receive federal funding and begin pre- liminary engineering on its Betz/Washington Pedestrian Safety Im- provement project. The city will receive $76,100 in federal funding on the $88,000 project, with council agreeing to spend $7,600 on en- gineering. The project will in- clude installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps, pedestrian cross- ing markings and flash- ing beacon pedestrian crossing signals at five intersection locations on Betz Road and Wash- ington Street - Silver- thorne Lane, Normal Park Road, North Sixth Street, Harvest Bluff and Mike McKeehan Way. As with'the Betz Road project, the city will make up the difference between federal funding and the proiect's total cost. Council also award- ed an $119,735 contract to DJ's Electrical Inc. for rerouting power lines near the intersec- tion of First Street and CheneyqSpokane Road. The work will move the feeder cable system near the Cheney Trad- ing Company sign at the corner of First Street and Cheney-Spokane Road, moving the feeder away from the sign, as well as Consolidate two road- crossing cable systems into one. Light Director Joe Noland said DJ's Elec- trical was the lowest of five companies, bid- ding $139,400.13 before tax. The final contract price comes from de- ducting over $20,000 of city-supplied materials, something Noland said they wanted to do for bonding and capitaliza- tion purposes. Finally, the coun- cil approved the first reading of an ordinance making changes to the municipal code chapter on disposing of surplus property. The changes add new language re- ga.rding bid-opening procedures, negotia- tions as well as how to deal with utility prop- erty such as transform- ers, wire and other items that could be disposed of through a recycling or other specialized com- pany. "Kind of using some industry best practices in doing tlat, City Administrator Mark Schuller told the coun- cil. John McCal-. lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. COm. 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