Nutrition, surveys and teaching were on the table during the October 10 meeting of the Centralia R-VI School Board.
The board discussed and adopted an updated nutrition policy which imposed some strictures on what children could eat and drink at classroom parties, such as Valentines Day
or Halloween parties. Effective immediately treats are limited to items already provided by the district through its meals program or vending machines. R-VI Superintendent Darin Ford said this was a policy change mandated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Ford also discussed a district survey he hoped to conduct. It is, he said, one of the first steps in the district’s comprehensive school improvement plan.
“We would like to start with a survey,” he said. “To learn what, as a community, we want the students to learn and how we want them to learn it. We will want to try and get the survey in to as many hands as we can and get as much information as we can.”
When asked to comment on the district putting a Centralia High School teacher on paid administrative leave, Ford said he could not comment on personnel issues.
He did say the district is trying to find a teacher to fill in a vacancy of certain dual-credit classes.
“Currently we do not have anybody capable of teaching those classes,” Ford said. “The status of those classes is under evaluation and we are on hold right now. We take the education of our students very seriously and will work hard to make sure that their needs are met”