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Darin R. Ford has an undergraduate degree from University of Central Missouri (UMC) a Masters from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an Educational Specialist degree from UMC. He and his wife Donna have two sons.

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School Board Recognition Week

The District would like to recognize all of the dedication, sacrifice and contributions our Board of Education members make on our behalf. These 7 individuals play a vital role on the education of our students and saying THANK YOU doesn't begin to express our gratitude. If you see any of our Board Members: Justin Romine, Nathan Chitwood, Jed Angell, Mike Fuller, Jason Hedrick, Bobbie Tetley or Drew Umstattd let them know how much you appreciate the hard work they do.

STUCO Members Make Plans for Courtwarming 2015

By: Jenna Rakers, Contributing Writer

 The 2015 CHS Courtwarming festivities will be held on February 6.  The girls' game against the Highland Cougars will begin at 6 p.m. and the boys' game will follow. This year's theme is Board Games and the slogan is "Game Over." Similar to Homecoming, each class will be represented by specific games. The games for each class are listed below.

  • Freshmen - Sorry
  • Sophomores - Monopoly
  • Juniors - Twister
  • Seniors - Candyland

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Students will also get to show their school spirit by participating in the dress-up days. STUCO has created the following spirit days for Courtwarming week:

  • Monday - Checkers
  • Tuesday- Celebrity Guess Who
  • Wednesday - Game of Life
  • Thursday - Clue
  • Friday - Panther Wear

One aspect of Courtwarming Rachel Renaud, CHS STUCO sponsor, is excited about is this year's dance. The STUCO members voted for this year's dance to be held on Saturday, February 7, and they have planned for the event to be semi-formal. Renaud thinks this will make this year's dance even more memorable.  


2015-2016 School Calendar

The 2015-2016 School Calendar has been posted.  Click on the image below to view.

From the Desk of the Superintendent

As the potential for winter weather moves in I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about an exciting project.  The Centralia School District has been working with the City of Centralia to secure a federal “Safe Routes to School Grant” through MoDot.  It would bring a network of sidewalks to neighborhoods south of the high school.  I am grateful to our City Council for aggressively seeking the funds for this project.  Our growth south of town near the schools creates new challenges for us.  Last summer the city and school worked together to build a sidewalk connecting students in the Southwest Country Estates on Columbia St. to the Centralia Intermediate School.  The “Safe Routes to School” Project would give us another opportunity to collaborate on behalf of our citizens.  Our community has received “Safe Route” funds before.  The sidewalk and fencing that runs along the railroad tracks from Lakeview to Singleton St. was achieved through such a grant. 

Much of the cities growth can be attributed to the neighborhoods of Emerald Point and Cobble Stone Estates joining the traditional neighborhoods directly south of the school.  Predictably the student population has increased significantly as well.  This escalation has exposed the absence of a comprehensive sidewalk system for walkers and bikers.  Adding to the immediate need is that a few years ago the district instituted a “shuttle” program.  Because our four campuses are at separate locations we felt it would be a service to our students and parents if a student could board a bus from one school and ride to another to get closer to home before walking.  When the weather is cold or the sidewalks are covered this becomes a very important option for our families.  More and more students are shuttling to the high school and then walking south.

The grant would provide a network of sidewalks that would accommodate these students and tie the south to the rest of the city which will benefit those who enjoy walking or jogging.

We are excited about it and, as always, are grateful to the city for our partnership in serving our citizens.

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