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Centralia R-VI School Board reorganizes

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 12:32 pm

An audience of 10, minus one board member sat in the Centralia Intermediate School Library for the April 11 meeting of the Centralia R-VI Board of Education.

The meeting began with swearing, the swearing in of Brian Bostick and Dwain Shelton for their new terms as school board members.

Then they reorganized the board, by electing officers.

Bostick was reelected as board president, Jared Auck – vice president, Rusty Dutton – treasurer and Vanessa Ridgel as board secretary.

“Just under 78 percent approval… That’s a pretty strong message that the vision we have shared is supported,” R-VI Superintendent Steven Chancellor, said of Proposition A’s successful passage. “The word that comes to mind is momentum, built by staying in school, responsible finances, how we communicated Proposition A.”

He said the district would be looking for a new position, an executive director of facilities management. That position, Chancellor said, among other things, would be to ensure the districts’ construction related activities and contracts are centrally managed. “Our facilities, how we manage them, needs to get better… We’ve made a lot of commitments with Proposition A. The reality of that is we need somebody who can be on top of that full-time.”

Chancellor said they would be discussing Prop A. funding during a special open meeting, to be held 6 p.m., May 23. “Just because Tuesday was successful doesn’t mean we automatically have $10 million in our pockets. It will not arrive until sometime this summer.”

After the reorganization, Centralia R-VI Superintendent Steven Chancellor began with a display of the district’s mission and responsibilities, “to help keep us centered and help keep us focused.”

Whitney Melton, title I specialist, invited to the board to the CIS Book and Bike Night. She invited board members to be servers at the May 5 event. The event begins 4;30 p.m. and she said more information would be distributed to the families.

In other business they accepted the resignations of Brandie McBride – 8th grade science, Austin Bruner – 8th grade social studies, and Nathan Farnsworth’s – paraprofessional and assistant sports coach.

For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.