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Centralia R-VI makes hires, organizes board

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:40 am

Centralia R-VI students.

Centralia R-VI students.

As part of their April 9 meeting, the Centralia Board of Education had two executive sessions, one before and one after their regularly scheduled meeting.

The one before, Darin Ford, R-VI Superintendent said, regarded a student discipline issue and one personnel issue, accepting the resignation of long-time special education and federal programs director Deanna Richman.

In the first one they accepted resignations from: Brad Page, CHS math teacher and boys golf coach; Amanda Erisman, CBMS librarian; Leigha Brockman, third grade teacher; Krista Kauble, second grade teacher; and Tessa Barnett, speech pathologist.

The also moved to shift or promote staff to some positions.

Nick Larson, assistant high school principal had transportation director added to his title.

Christina Heet was promoted to director of student services including PAT, federal programs and special education.

In the second session board also made some hires: Josh Lancaster, CHS social studies teacher; Melanie Snook, seventh grade science and Samantha Johnson, CHS custodian.

Between the two closed sessions they did discuss a few things besides the budget cuts, previously reported in the April 11 issue of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

During the board reorganization, Harvey Million may have surprised a few people when he nominated Jason Hedrick for board president. Hedrick lost to Justin Romine by a 6-1 vote.

The board also discussed the district’s participation in VoTech programs. Ford said he had been approached about participation with both Mexico and Columbia. He said there was a difference between what he would like and what the district could afford. He said the district’s insurance provider was strongly against permitting students to drive to the VoTech programs. Ultimately, he said CHS Principal Matt Smith would prefer the Columbia Area Career Center. Smith said CHS had 16 students who had programs to finish in Mexico.  Ford said they would lobby Columbia to offer the programs CHS students took in Mexico, which were not available at CACC – diesel mechanics and cosmetology. The board agreed to move forward with the transition to CACC after the seniors at Mexico had completed their programs.

During her report, Chance Elementary School Principal Tiffani Schuman said the second-grade students at CES will soon be taking their annual standardized tests. She also announced CES’ Muffins with Moms program will be Friday, April 27.