The Centralia City Schools has unanimously approved a resolution that would approve a 1% County School Facility Occupation Tax question to be placed on the ballot for voters to decide in April. School Boards representing over 50% of students in Marion County need to approve the measure for it to be put on the ballot.
In other action, the Board saw 2 video presentations highlighting their Family Intervention Program with their liaison Kathy Donnelly as well as the work Judge Erika Sanders has done along with administration in the schools Family Truancy Court. Superintendent Craig Clark said that they are in the process of training Family Mentors and hopes that they can help train other mentors in other organizations across Centralia to help address the various family problems affecting student performance in a single, organized way.
The Board heard that Jordan, Schiller and Lincoln Schools would be conducting this years PARCC Testing on March 27-31 with make ups April 3-7. Centralia Junior HIgh will test online from March 6th through April 12.
In personnel issues, the board approved the maternity leave of Mrs. Alicia Purcell, a Field Kindergarten Special Education Teacher.
Jordan School will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, January 25th from 2-6pm in the school gym with the PTO assisting with volunteer workers. Schiller Students reported 2000 items were collected for the Stockings for Soldiers campaign. One first grade student even spent all of his birthday money shopping for the soldiers and brought in over 200 items. A grand total of 180 stockings were stuffed for the Soldiers. Sutherland Garnier Funeral Home mailed the stockings off to the soldiers.
At the Centralia Junior High, they received a check for $2500 from Rent One Great Expectations Foundation. This will be used to start a robotics team next year. This is in connection through the Centralia Youth Initiative and the Fred Pearson Foundation.