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Autumn Schaffer




Collection Evaluation and Development Plan

Autumn Schaffer

Georgia Southern University

FRIT 7134

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Description of county demographics.

Lamar County is located within middle Georgia, approximately sixty miles south of the capital. It is composed of the cities of Barnesville and Milner, and also includes the smaller towns of Aldora, Liberty Hill, and Johnstonville. According to the 2008 U.S. Censes Bureau, the county inhabits approximately 17,000 citizens. The Caucasian percentage is approximately 70 percent, while the African American population stands at 28 percent. One percent of the population is made up of Hispanic families, which are considered to be of full Hispanic origin. This population, also including those of mixed Hispanic origins, is growing monumentally. About three percent of the population speaks another native language other than English. One major alert within the countys statistics is the high school graduation rate, which is, shockingly, only 71 percent. This trend is continuously followed as those holding a bachelors degree only comes to 11 percent.

The Lamar County School System provides the county with four schools. These schools educate students from the grades of pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Pre-kindergarten through second grade are housed in the second oldest building, built in 1993. The elementary school, housing third through fifth grade students, is the newest school building in the county, being constructed in 2006. The middle school, housing sixth through eighth grade students, is 11 years old. The local high school is the oldest of the buildings, being built in 1973. Each school contains its own media center complete with a certified media specialist and media clerk.

Description of school site and analysis of learners

Lamar County Primary School is a Bronze Aware winning school, due to its high level of students meeting and exceeding standards. This particular school has met the annual yearly progress goals, as designated by the state, for six consecutive years. Approximately 440 students participated in the testing, but the school actually educates about 200 more students within the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten grades. As an estimate, the school educates 654 students in grades ranging from pre-kindergarten to second grade. 65 percent of students educated within this school are considered to be economically disadvantaged and receive free or reduced lunch services. The school, following in the countys demographics, houses 60 percent Caucasian students, 35 percent African American students, and 3 percent Hispanic students.

All of the teachers employed at Lamar County Primary School are considered to be highly qualified by Georgia state standards. Fifty percent of the employees, including teacher, paraprofessionals, and other related staff, have obtained bachelors degrees. Forty percent have masters degrees while ten percent have specialist and higher degrees or certifications. There are thirty-five classroom teachers employed at this school. All pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers are accompanied by a paraprofessional. There are five pre-kindergarten classrooms, ten kindergarten classrooms, ten first grade classrooms, and ten second grade classrooms. Each grade level, expect pre-kindergarten, contain two Early Intervention Program (EIP) classrooms. Each of these classrooms contains twelve to eighteen students, while the other classrooms contain approximately twenty to twenty-two students. With the exception of pre-kindergarten, which strictly educates one-hundred students, the other grade levels educate approximately two-hundred students within each grade level. The school is also supported by one self-contained special education classroom, one gifted-area teacher, one special education pre-kindergarten classroom, one reading intervention specialist, and four activity teachers.

While this school has met AYP for the past consecutive years, it has a wide variety of students. Each grade level contains two EIP, or Early Intervention Program, classes. This is approximately forty students per grade level who are at a learning risk in reading and possibly math. These students do not have IEPs, or Individual Educational Plans. They also still complete the state-wide exams, some with just minor modifications such as having longer time or reading the test aloud to someone. In general, these students are able to complete most grade level work; they simply need more one-on-one aid as well as more strategic reading interventions. From a literacy standpoint, these students benefit from easy-readers as well as text focused on prediction or ones that are slightly below grade level. The pre-kindergarten students within the school also use the media center. The majority of them cannot read and are in need of picture-based books. According to the media specialist, these students still check out text with words, but they tend to focus on those with appealing images on each page as well as some words that they identify. It seems that these students would also benefit from picture books or easy reading text.

The school also educates students who are reading above grade level. For this reason the media specialist within the school has actually purchased higher level chapter books for the students to check out. The school contains one gifted class that twenty first graders and twenty second graders visit once a week. These students would benefit from higher level text or possibly more detailed informational books.

There is a growing Hispanic pollution is growing within the school system as well as the county. It is still relatively low as compared to the other surrounding counties. Still, several families have recently enrolled within the school that only speaks Spanish. For this reason, for the first time in the schools history, it has developed an ESOL class in which these fully-Spanish speakers learn the basics of the English language. With little support at home, however, it is difficult for these students to learn to read English. For this reason, multi-lingual literature, or at least those that expose the students to other cultures, is needed within the library.

In general, a common trend within this school system is building its technology database. The school has received a Reading-First Grant for the past four years seeing as it has adopted and followed its rigorous reading curriculum. This grant has provided a supplemental budget for the media center as well as the technology lab for a total of five laptops to be checked out to second grade teachers to be used during the scheduled reading block. The media center was also given a supplementary budget to purchase literary materials, including print, non-print, and technology-based literary works, for the appropriate grade levels. These materials, however, must support the Reading-First program and the Georgia Performance Standards for reading. This allowed the media specialist, however, to use the rest of the budget, which would normally be used to buy reading materials, to purchase other instructional items to support the new social studies and science curriculums.

The media center within the primary school functions based upon the aid of one certified media specialist and one paraprofessional media clerk. Both have been working in their positions for eight years. At one time, four years ago, this media specialist and clerk supported the same library when it housed kindergarten through fifth grade. Four years ago, however, these two individuals were responsible for weeding and redistributing the appropriate materials to the new third through fifth grade school, while reorganizing the remaining materials in the now pre-kindergarten through second grade school. The media center houses 16, 250 books within the library, which comes to approximately twenty-five books per student. The media center has purchased an influx of e-books, or books that contains correlating DVDs. It currently has fifty-two within its selection, but many of them are related to stories within the curriculum units of the Reading-First Program. E-books related to the other standards within math, science, and social studies, are not adequately covered. This media center also contains eighty books-on-tape packages as well as approximately thirty classroom sets of various types of literature. These sets vary for age and ability.

The media center also contains an activeboard and LCD projector used for information literacy instruction. There are also three desktop computers used for student research located within the library. The five laptop computers funded by Reading-First are also available for check out within the library. Two movable televisions with VCRs are available for check out as well. Finally, the media center contains a media room in which morning and afternoon announcements are hosted, recorded, and stored. Incorporating technology to produce such videos is available within this area.

Description of other local resources

Outside from the school system, the county has limited resources available to enhance students education experiences. The county is small, as well as its surrounding counties. Lamar County does support a local community college, which has actually advanced into offering several four-year programs. Gordon College currently offers Bachelors program within Early Childhood Education, Nursing, and Biology. In the past the college has been supportive of allowing students to access their library for research. Many of these texts, however, would not be appropriate for the reading levels of the primary school students, but they would be able to use the images and databases within the sy