Money, music and weighted grades were on members’ minds during the June 27 meeting of the Centralia School Board.
The board kicked off the meeting with Darin Ford, in one of his last acts as R-VI superintendent before retiring June 28, placing a valedictorian medal over the shoulders of Beth Heimann, the Centralia High School 2019 valedictorian.
From there the board moved onto some discussion of segregation of art and physical education classes at Chester Boren Middle School. Nathan Gordon, CBMS principal, did say there was a possibility the change would encourage male participation in vocal music. He said it was the idea that sparked the discussion. No action was taken.
Financial discussion involved on what to spend the extra $140,000 the district had in its annual budget. “Anything we buy will be on next year’s budget… will put us technically behind next year’s budget… I think things will look pretty good for next year’s s budget. We are projecting a $60,000 surplus.” Ford said, then reminded them next year is a reassessment year. “It could push us right up against the Hancock Amendment for all I know… Next year’s revenues will likely be more than what we put in the budget. If we want to spend the surplus this year, it will be reflected next year.”
For the compete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard