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Education

May 16, 2014

Centerville School Board approves Master Agreement

The Centerville School Board accepted several resignations and retirements during their Monday meeting.

Those resigning included high school science teacher Anthony Jahr, junior high band teacher Robert Coe and high school math teacher Kate Hash. Joan Strunk retired from her position of elementary teacher as well.

Bill Huisman resigned from his position as head baseball coach at Centerville High School after 38 years and long time bus driver Dave Sias retired from his position after 22 years on the job.

The board met earlier than usual at 5:30 p.m. with everyone present. They opened the meeting with presentations, including sixth grade TAG students and the English Language Learners program teacher.

The TAG group was requesting permission to go on their annual trip to Chicago. The group will be going to the Museum of Science and Industry, perhaps the Shedd Aquarium, and will be eating at Medieval Times. The trip was approved later on during the meeting.

Cathy Hudson, who teaches in the English Language Learners Program in Centerville, presented information to the board about how the program is working with students. This is the first year of the program in Centerville. When students sign up for school, if they indicate there is another language besides English is spoken in the home, they are identified for the program.

This year 17 students were identified for the program and 11 are currently receiving language services. Three have exited the program and three more are receiving transition services. Hudson said that the languages students she works with are speaking are Spanish, Filipino and Chinese and the students are throughout the district from the elementary to high school level.

After approving the agenda and the previous meetings’ minutes the board then moved into an exempt session to discuss strategy with the Centerville Education Association, non-certified staff and administrators.

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