During last night’s Centralia R-VI meeting of the Board of Education, Centralia High School Principal David Meyers and Chance Elementary Principal Bob Reeves submitted their resignations and plan to retire. Mr. Reeves has served the district for 27 years and Mr. Meyers for 19. The board was very complimentary and appreciative of the vast contributions that these two men have given our school system. The Board voted to promote Matt Smith from CHS Assistant Principal to the Principal position effective July of 2015. The district will post the Chance Elementary Principal’s position as well as the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at CHS.
The board recognized the honors received by the Centralia District FFA Chapter at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. Twenty-two of our students were part of over 60,000 FFA members from across the country who attended the four day convention. The chapter was recognized with a National 3 star award, the best a Chapter can achieve. Dustin Stanton, Zane Harper, Mitch Benoit, Kelsey Keil, Maddison Whitaker and Cody Hasekamp received the American FFA Degree, the highest degree possible. Dustin Stanton was named the American Star in Agribusiness which is an unbelievable accomplishment.
In other news from the board meeting, Matt Harline, Centralia City Administrator, updated the board about an application to the Safe Routes to School grant the city will be submitting. The primary focus for the grant will be to improve student and patron safety by installing sidewalks in and around the Centralia High School.
The 2013-2014 Audit was presented by Lynn Graves of Graves and Associates. Mr. Graves reported that the district was in sound financial condition and that were no findings to report. Board member Nathan Chitwood complimented the board office staff on a job well done.
The board also voted to sign a “Go to Market” resolution on the district’s 2007 bonds which funded the construction of the Centralia Intermediate School among other renovations across the district. The bond is in excess of $8 million and by refinancing with the favorable interest rates the district would save over $1 million.