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When the levy breaks: Centralia School Board ponders future

Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm

During their August 14 meeting, members of the Centralia School board discussed the challenge they faced.

Centralia R-VI’s new teachers — From the front left: Tierney Siefert, Shannon Cook, Cristina Heet, Robin Reynolds and Kim Neighbors. Second row: Amanda Malone, Whittney Good, Meghan Cupp, Jennifer Garmon, Leigha Fanning, and Laura Johnson Back: Gage Lemon, Cindy Kempker, Rachel Verble, Nick Larson and Nathan Watson. Not pictured: Melanie Griffin.

Centralia R-VI’s new teachers — From the front left: Tierney Siefert, Shannon Cook, Cristina Heet, Robin Reynolds and Kim Neighbors. Second row: Amanda Malone, Whittney Good, Meghan Cupp, Jennifer Garmon, Leigha Fanning and Laura Johnson. Back: Gage Lemon, Cindy Kempker, Rachel Verble, Nick Larson and Nathan Watson. Not pictured: Melanie Griffin.

The board had placed a 60-cents per $100 levy proposal on the August 8 ballot.

The proposal failed by a vote of 660 to 592. Editor’s note. This number includes district members who live in Audrain County. The Boone County Clerks’ office assures us that number also includes the votes from Monroe County school district residents as well, but they have no yet provided a specific count from that county.

Meanwhile, the board has begun discussing the next step or steps.

According to one board member the discussion on the next step was divided between those desiring to submit the levy proposal again and those who thought the voters had sent them a message.

Board member Mike Fuller described the situation.

“Currently there is no concensus,” Fuller said. “There are board members that think we should bring the levy proposal back to the ballot. There are others that said the voters have told us to work and live within our means.”

Superintendent Darin Ford said the board has instructed  him to come up with between $100,000- and $200,000-worth of cuts to be discussed during the board’s September 14 meeting.

“That’s quite a lot,” Ford told the Fireside Guard late Monday night. “I’m not looking forward to it. We don’t have any fat to cut.”

Fuller and Ford said beyond the instructions to Ford, no decisions had been made.

For the complete article, please see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.


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