Centre school board hears about math

Mowrer scholarships awarded

Staff writer

Centre Junior High School math teacher Angela Basore and three of her students — Grace Peterson, Cole Srajer, and Hannah Peterson — gave a presentation Monday to the Centre board of education on how Common Core standards are being applied to math instruction in their classroom.

“Common Core is more challenging and requires critical thinking,” Basore said.

Activities director Greg Wyatt reported on the Kansas State High School Activities Association rules on sixth-grade participation in junior high activities. According to the rules, sixth-grade students cannot participate in tackle football, boxing, and wrestling, but in all other sports.

Sixth-grade students at Centre currently do not participate in junior high sports, but the matter is being considered because of projected drops in enrollment.

Junior high student numbers appear to be sufficient to field sports teams for the next school year, Wyatt said, but may need to be augmented the following year. The board took no action.

I-Serve operations manager Richard Idleman presented a list of summer maintenance projects. His report followed a special walk-through meeting prior to the regular meeting. Some projects would require major expenditures, such as new windows, doors, carpets, and lockers in locker rooms. A special meeting was set for 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider bids solicited for the various projects.

Mille resigns

The board accepted the resignation of assistant cook Mary Ann Mille.

Mille has been with the school district for 24 years. She began as a kindergarten bus driver in 1989. She became the head cook at Centre Elementary School in the fall of 1990.

Mille has served in various other capacities, such as PTO president and vice president, FHA room mom, booster club president, and concession stand manager.

She has been the assistant cook since the elementary school students were moved to the high school site three years ago.

Other resignations included Karen Nickel as assistant volleyball coach, Kelly Steiner as junior high boys’ coach, and Melanie Pollock as assistant cook.

The board voted to employ Robert Mitchell as the kindergarten-through-12th-grade music instructor for 2013-14.

Superintendent Jerri Kemble reported that she skypes once a week with a coordinator in South Korea who is helping to develop a curriculum for Korean students who could enroll in the Kansas Online Learning Program.

Kemble hopes to integrate kindergarten-through-fourth-grade students at Centre with those in South Korea using such things as pen pals and video tapes.

Kemble said KOLP is focusing on reaching children and adults. KOLP now has a toll-free number, and mailings are being sent to 19-through-45-year-olds who have children. KOLP advertisements also are playing on select radio stations.

Counselor Mallory Jacobs presented a schedule of classes for next year. She said core classes are scheduled for the first two hours of the day, when students’ minds are freshest.

Jacobs reported that students collected 3,554 books to be sent to Kenya for a library in an area where Internet access is difficult.

The Future Business Leaders of America chapter has garnered a projected income as of May 10 of $14,304.95 for the trip to Anaheim, Calif., in June. Projected trip expenses total $12,179. The balance remaining will be used as start-up money for the next school year.

Mowrer scholarships

Carrie Carlson and Tom Oborny will receive $7,000 each from the Lauren E. and Clara Mowrer Memorial Scholarship Fund. The money will be allocated over two years depending on academic performance.

The remaining $16,000 received from the Mowrer Farm will be placed in escrow.

Payments were approved for continued membership in Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas, Smoky Hill Service Center, and the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center.

The board approved a list of 2013-14 FBLA/FFA activities. The board also approved out-of-district attendance of Karson Kroupa, son of Kelvin and Kimberly Kroupa of Marion.

Ag instructor Laura Klenda received approval to apply for a $16,500 grant for a laser cutter.

The board spent 30 minutes in executive session with Kemble to discuss personnel. A student matter and certified staff negotiations also were discussed in private. No actions resulted from any of the sessions.

Commencement is at 2 p.m. Sunday in the main gymnasium.

 

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