REED CITY — When it comes to a classroom in a public school, there always are students who stand out in a specific way. Maybe they struggle with school or possibly they have trouble communicating with the teachers.

For Tara Price and Tracie Koopman, teachers at the Reed City Middle School, committing themselves to learn the best way to help these students is what earned them a special recognition at the Reed City Area Public School Board of Education meeting Monday night.

In the beginning of December, Price and Koopman attended a presentation by Douglas Fisher in Detroit about formative assessment within the school. They were so impressed with what they had learned, that they went to another presentation in Grand Rapids the next day to learn more.

Once the teachers returned to the middle school, they brought with them many ideas for school improvement, one specifically called the ‘2 by 10′ program.

“We came back from the presentations with an overload of wonderful information that we could implement into our school assessment,” said Price. “We decided to begin the “2 by 10″ program because it was something we could start quickly and would affect everybody.”

According to Koopman, the program works by first deciding on a group of students on which to focus. Then each teacher is given a student they will work with for 10 days. During the 10 days, the teachers will pull the students out to talk to them for 2 minutes about anything they want, except for school.

“If you look down the Reed City Middle School hallways, almost any time of the day, you’re going to see a teacher and student walking the halls and talking,” Koopman said. “It’s really great.”

Dean McGuire, principal at Reed City Middle School, has helped and encouraged the work of Price and Koopman.

“We are noticing that with the program, it’s affecting both students and staff,” he said. “We are connecting with the kids and are learning where they are coming from.”

The first time trying out the program in the middle of December, they decided to focus on students who struggled in anything. For the second round, teachers and administrators focused on students who were quiet in the classroom.

“One student never talked in class and I thought it was going to be painful for her to get through the 10 minutes, but the second she walked out of the classroom, she didn’t stop talking for the entire two minutes,” Koopman said.

Price and Koopman received a certificate for their hard work from Superintendent Tim Webster.

“The program is an awesome addition and it’s a highlight when you have a couple of people who are so dedicated and willing to give up their time for something that they are so excited about,” said Webster

The teachers recently presented on the program to the elementary school, and will present to the high school on Wednesday.

“Its been wonderful and we have so many stories from the students,” said Price. “When we talk with the other teachers and hear their stories, you just smile because what we are doing with these kids is just awesome.”

In other news, the board approved a motion to waive high school physical education credit if a student completes one sports season or completes four years of marching band.

The motion will go into immediate affect.

Two teachers officially were hired into the Reed City Area Public Schools. Both teachers had been subbing for the school, and will now be full-time employees.

The board also authorized the issuance and delegating the sale of Reed City Area Public Schools 2015 refunding bonds.

According to Webster, the districts current $8.1 million bond is at a 4.5 percent interest rate, and when the bond is redone in the summer, the district is hoping for a lower interest rate.