Mason schools receive 'excellent' rating despite challenges

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Despite a challenging year for the Mason City School district, the district is still maintaining its excellent rating, meeting 26 out of 26 state indicators.

"We have very caring dedicated professionals, who are kid centered and we have outstanding students, a strong community support and wonderful parent support, so I think all of that together contributed to the Excellent with distinction rating," said Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline.

The excellent with distinction rating comes despite some major distractions last year,  including former Mason gym teacher Stacy Schuler resigning after being accused of sexual conduct with students, along with resignations of the former Mason High School Assistant Principal and  former Superintendent, on top of that considerable cuts to the budget.

"Enacting a pay to participate fee for the first time and eliminating 53 staff positions," said Tracey Carson, of Mason City Schools.
The district had received an excellent rating for the past 12 years,  Kist-Kline says the rating proves that student learning continued to be the priority despite any controversy in the district.
"I think it shows that everyone was really focused on what's important in our district and that's the student learning," said Kist-Kline
"It's huge to be consistently in the academic top ten," Carson said.
The district also scored a 30 out of 30 on its 2010-2011 report card.

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