Ottawa High School saw a 27 percent decrease in the number of F grades given to students and 57 percent in the second semester.

The numbers were presented by high school principal David Morford at the Ottawa school board’s June 11 meeting. He told the board the goal for the year was to have a decrease of 16 percent. In the second semester, the school lowered the number of tardies by 466 or 23 percent.

Morford gave the school board an annual building report card.

Other data showed the composite ACT score increased from 18.07 to 18.82.

Another area of improvement was in Workkeys scores which is an ACT based testing that evaluates the skills students will need as they enter the workforce in reading, math and locating information. Scores on those tests showed a large improvement as well. From last year, the results increased from 76 percent to 88 percent.

“We have employers asking for Workkeys scores,” Morford said. “There is a correlation between how a student can score on a Workkeys test and how they can step into the workforce and succeed.”

In the area of behavior, there were less detentions and in-school suspensions, and the high school had slightly more out of school suspensions.

Reports were also given by the middle school and Lincoln Elementary.

The board also:

• Approved the gift of a grill for Garfield Elementary.

• Declared modular units as surplus for the purpose of selling them.

• Approved the Prairie Fire Rural Housing Incentive District.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding between USD 290 and the Ottawa Police Department for an SRO.

• Approved a memorandum of understanding between Neosho County Community College and USD 290 to provide dual-credit courses.

• Heard a presentation from Ottawa Community Development Director Wynndee Lee about expanding the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.