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Centralia R-VI Approves Resolution Opposing Amendment 3

Centralia, MO - The Centralia Board of Education has passed a resolution to officially oppose Amendment 3 on the November ballot, which would take away local control of our schools.

Darin Ford, Superintendent of the Centralia R-VI School district, had this to say about the board's resolution to oppose the amendment:

"Amendment 3 will take away local control of our schools, and the Centralia R-VI Board of Education is fundamentally opposed to that.  The fact is, Amendment 3 would implement unfunded, state-mandated standardized tests that could cost upwards of $1 billion, which schools and taxpayers would be forced to pay.  Additionally, Amendment 3 would prevent school boards from hiring, promoting, compensating, or dismissing teachers in accordance with board policy.

The Board believes that this amendment will have many unintended consquences for our school district.  We know our schools and our students best, and it's important that our community maintain control of the Centralia R-VI School District."

A GREAT Weekend to be a Panther!

Cheerleaders Place First at State 

The Varsity cheerleaders competed at the Hearnes Center on Sunday in the state competition and won FIRST place!! If you see any of the girls congratulate them on an amazing performance!!

Softball CCC Champions Again

Congratulations to Coach Angell and the Softball Team for becoming the Clarence Cannon Conference Champions again. 

Volleyball First at Belle Tournament

Congratulations to Coach Schultz, Coach Finlay, Coach Tiesing, and the Varsity Volleyball Team for taking 1st place at the Belle Tournament.

Band is Exceptional at Monroe City Band Day

The Panther Pride Marching Band competed at the first annual Black and Gold Classic Marching Band competition in Monroe City on Saturday and were able to come away with some hardware! The Band placed 3rd in parade competition and 5th in field competition. Both those competitions they recieved "1" ratings indicating their music and marching was of a higher difficulty level than some of the other bands in attendance. The color guard competed in indoor competition and despite some tech issues placed second! The band and the color guard have been working their tails off, this Saturday will be our final marching competition at Central Methodist University in Fayette! Thanks to everyone around the district who has been supporting the marching band!

From the Desk of the Superintendent

We have had a great start to the school year.  As I have expressed on numerous occasions, I am so proud of the students and staff of this school district and the hard work that they put in on a daily basis.

I wanted to give you a report on Monday night’s meeting of the Centralia Board of Education.  During my superintendent’s report we discussed the upcoming November ballot and Amendment 3 which will appear on that ballot.  I encouraged the board to carefully study that Amendment and, as I would encourage everyone, to register to vote and exercise your rights in November.  

We discussed in detail the district’s test scores and Annual Performance Report (APR).  The board was shown test score comparisons of both  our conference and area schools.  We did very well.  I am also pleased to report that of the 140 points possible in the APR our district scored 134.5.  This would equate to a 96.1%.  That is an excellent performance report.  Noteworthy in the report is that the district was perfect in achievement, attendance, and graduation rate.  

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all of our local businesses, city government, civic organizations, and patrons for the unwavering support that they give our school.  Centralia is a special place and we appreciate the partnerships that we enjoy with all of our constituents.  We can accomplish so much when we work together.  

Finally, I would like to congratulate our sports teams for a very impressive start to their fall seasons.  As always, I would invite everyone to come out and enjoy an event at Centralia R-VI.  Go Panthers!

Band Marches to Success

Rustin Crocker, Contributing Writer

The Centralia Panther Pride Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. Josh Yancey,  had their first performance on August 22. This year the drum majors, whose job it is to help Yancey direct the band, are Will Mustain and Kate Ray.

The band’s theme this year is The Phantom of the Opera.  The songs that make up each performance are entitled “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” “Masquerade” and “Music of the Night.” The band will display their talents in three competitions this season at Carrollton, Monroe City and Fayette.

The band has many new improvements. One of those improvements is the addition of the Color Guard.  The Color Guard is under the direction of Katie Patton, CHS social studies teacher. Patton enjoys working with the members of this group. She says working with the girls is the most enjoyable part.  Color Guard is not just fun and games, however.  It has its difficulties. According to Patton, it is challenging to perfect the technical movements required to put on an exciting show.  Timing everyone and everything perfectly requires a lot of practice, dedication and discipline.  

The band is very excited about the new addition, hoping it will generate more points in competitions. Another strength for the band is practice. Along with scheduled band class, the band has practiced every morning from 7:00 A.M. to 7:50 A.M. since the first day of school. These practices have strengthened the band’s skills.  

With time, this diverse group that loves music hopes to reach the goal of playing as one unit. Drum Major Kate Ray stated, “I think the band will place well in competitions this year, hopefully in the top few places if we keep improving!”

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