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Education

September 14, 2013

District gives $8,800 toward auditorium sound system

The final school board meeting before the Sept. 11 election was called to order at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept.10. Board member Jeri Pershy was absent.

Members of FFA made a presentation to the board requesting permission to attend the National FFA Conference in Louisville, Ky. in October. Twenty-two people, including chaperones will be attending the conference. Later during the meeting, the board approved the trip.

The board then approved a small change in the number of per diem days for the school resource officer in the contract with the city of Centerville and also approved the second and final reading the Series 700 policies with no further changes.

The junior high catastrophic insurance plan was revisited because the district has to purchase a minimum amount costing $810. The plan approved at the last meeting cost $450, so the board approved an additional $360 in spending. Finally, the board revisited the vehicle purchase from the previous meeting in order to approve the inclusion of carpeted floors at a cost of $190.

The transfer of Shawnda Starr from one special ed aide specific position at Lakeview to another was approved and all employment contracts were approved.

Centerville High School principal Roger Raum spoke to the board about ACT assessment information. Raum said that overall the composite score for Centerville students taking the test was up slightly, but the percent of students who tested at the desired level to be considered college ready in all for subject areas was only 26 percent. Raum said there were also a relatively low number of students taking the test, but that was most likely due to many Centerville graduates beginning their post-secondary education at community colleges, which don’t require ACT scores. Raum also said he has some plans to help boost the scores, including introducing a test at the sophomore level that would help simulate the ACT test. The test would also include a career component to help all students focus on their future paths. Raum also spoke about the ongoing changes in the math curriculum throughout the Centerville district, including the new math curriculum at the elementary level and the consolidation of algebra into one year at the secondary level.

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