CENTERBURG — Lori Jones-Perkins was sworn in as the new board member at Centerburg’s school board meeting last night.

Jones-Perkins will fill the vacant spot that was once held by Jennie Borton, who passed away in August. She will serve the rest of Borton’s term which is set to expire in the fall of 2021.

Mike Hebenthal, superintendent, spoke to the board about the school’s report card. He addressed the school’s overall score of a “C” and how it compares to similar schools.

“We’re a little bit lower,” he said in regards to where other schools fall. “The principals have already made some moves…But like I said before, we’re not going to let our report card define who we are.”

These moves include sending a group of teachers to a workshop to learn how to better understand what the report card tells the school and what kind of changes they could make.

Ryan Gallwitz, high school principal, spoke about the graduation requirements for the different years. The senior class has one set of requirements, the junior and sophomores have another, and the freshmen have their own set of requirements. But he mentioned the requirements for the freshmen, the new graduation requirements, can work for any student regardless of their year.

“The only reason that you cannot graduate high school today is because you walk away,” he said. “There’s a pathway for every student.”

While he is grateful for the multiple pathways, he does have concerns about how the new requirements will affect the students. Once they figure out they’ve met the Language Arts II and Algebra passing score and have earned their diploma seals, one of the new graduation requirements, he said the rest of the schooling might become irrelevant to the students.

He said that he believes the report card will become more irrelevant as fewer kids are tested and fewer tests taken under the new graduation requirements.

The board approved:

•Several stipends to be paid out to the building of leadership teams in all the schools, District Trauma team members and their leadership members, and Threat Assessment Team members.

•The following donations: $309.04 from Stan Armstrong Post 59 to Amvets Fund, $250 from Centerburg Old Time Farming Festival to FFA, $20 from Your Cause to Elementary 018, and $2,000 from anonymous donation to UR Special Scholarship Fund.

•Contracts with Educational Partnerships Institute for teacher training for the 2019-2020 school year and with Knox County Educational Service Center.

•Various volunteers and one-year supplemental contracts.

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