I hope everyone is enjoying the spring as it struggles to take hold for good. I was able to attend and enjoy the high school track meet last night. I wanted everyone to know how appreciative and proud I am of the job our teachers and coaches do for the district. With all of the spring events, from sports, to music contest, to elementary spring performances, it is truly great to be a Panther.
A word about supply lists, the district is going to take a good look at what we are asking parents to provide on those lists. Are there places we could help them out a bit? We understand that many families have a hard time meeting the budgetary demands of school shopping. Next year the district is going to provide tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and zip lock bags for all classrooms so parents and students will not have those on their lists.
We had the April board meeting Monday night and here are highlights from that meeting:
In closing, I wanted to comment on the political landscape that is taking shape in Jefferson City. The fact that the state’s foundation formula, which funds public education, continues to be underfunded does not seem to be a priority for legislators. All of us understand how difficult it was to make it through the recent recession and now that revenues have improved it appears the priority is not fully funding education. Instead experimental tax cut bills have once again emerged. If a tax cut passes, I am concerned that our state funding will be compromised as it has been in Kansas (Kansas has experimented with tax cut legislation) and undermine the education of the students in Centralia.
I have been informed that there are measures in the bills to prevent the proposed tax cuts from kicking in until certain revenue marks are hit. I am not opposed to tax relief, however, our state has responsibilities. Before tax cuts are considered, would it not be a positive step to fully fund the K-12 formula that lawmakers composed? Our state could make a statement and show that students and education are first priority for OUR economic growth.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable spring. Go Panthers!
CHS Softball will once again be hosting their skills camp. The camp is scheduled for Friday, May 23 (rain date will be May 29). Camp times will be 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for students that just completed grades 1-2, and 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for students just finishing grades 3-4-5. The camp will be held at the Bicentennial Field and will be run by the high school softball players and coaches. We will stress the fundamentals of softball, hitting, pitching, catching, throwing and batting. The cost of the camp will be $15 if paid by the deadline. All late entry forms turned in after May 2nd will cost $20. All campers will receive a T-Shirt.
Campers will need ball gloves, tennis shoes or cleats (no sandals please), and sweat pants for sliding. Please label all equipment. Please turn completed forms into Mrs. Haskell at Chance Elementary and Mrs. Meyers at CIS.