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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.

From the Superintendent

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 my superintendent’s report I informed the board that our insurancecompany, Missouri United Schools Insurance Company (MUSIC), would be replacing the chiller at CIS which froze up this winter. We will be taking bids this week.
  • I am happy to report that the district, in cooperation with the City of Centralia, will be constructing a sidewalk from the Centralia Intermediate School south to the Southwest Country Estates.
  • I also informed the board that the Technology Task Force was going very well. I would encourage everyone to keep up with this board subcommittee at https://sites.google.com/a/catnet.gen.mo.us/technology-taskforce/home. There is opportunity to make comments as well to share your thoughts with the committee.
  • Finally, I reported on potential changes coming in the state curriculum debate. The House has passed and sent to the Senate HB 1490 (Bahr), a bill that allows for the continued implementation of the Common Core State Standards, but also requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to convene a committee that would recommend new standards in four core subject areas. The recommendations could include the current Common Core State Standards. The bill also contains a provision establishing a one-year moratorium on using results from the new state assessments for accreditation purposes or for employee evaluations.
  • The board was reorganized. The district thanked Tim Beard for his six years of service and welcomed Mike Fuller who was sworn in as a new member.
  • Incumbents Justin Romine and Jason Hedrick were also sworn in for new three year terms. New officers were Justin Romine (President), Nathan Chitwood (Vice President), Jed Angell (Treasurer) and Rita Lawrence (Secretary).
  • In Old Business, the board accepted the bid for bank services from Boone County National Bank. The board also reviewed the preliminary budget numbers for the 2014-2015 budget.
  • In New Business, the board was given direction on filing their financial disclosure forms and options for the purchase of buses were discussed.
  • In executive session, all extra-curricular duties were hired. Resignations were accepted from Jessica Cummins, Mona Dupre, Leslie Fadler, Annie Sjurson, Sara Lewis and April Steinman. On behalf of our school district I would like to tell all of these fine educators thank you, and best of luck in your future endeavors.
  • The district offered contracts to Sarah Rausch for Instructional Technology Director, Erin Kinworthy for Biology, Josh Yancey for band and Mary Ellen Stephens for part time Parents as Teachers secretary. Brandon Kinkead was promoted from paraprofessional to special education instructor and Seth Woods was given additional curriculum and instruction duties.

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!

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Greenhouse Plants for Sale

The Greenhouse is open in the Centralia High School Vocational Building
Hours are 8:30 am-3:30 pm during school or by appointment.  Come check out our flowers and plants that are for sale.

Softball Skills Camp

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.

Softball Camp Application Form

4/3 Cancellations and Reschedules

  • The MS track meet in Macon has been cancelled and there is not a rescheduled date at this time.  There will also be no MS track practice tonight.
  • There will be no CES or CIS after-school tutoring tonight.
  • CHS JV/V Basketball tonight @ Battle HS has been postponed to be played on April 21, 2014. V game will start at 5pm with JV to follow at Battle.
  • Centralia Open Track Meet scheduled for tonight has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

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