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November School Board Meetings — Week 4


Three local school boards met during the fourth week of November.




  • Routine responsibilities of governance.




  • Announced that candidates may file to run for election to the school board starting Tuesday, Dec. 18, and ending Tuesday, Jan. 15.
  • Heard a report about the new national Common Core Standards, which Missouri has adopted and are being phased in this year in the Center School District. The report focused on ways the new standards are expected to change classroom instruction.
  • Considered revising a list of district policies as advised by the Missouri School Boards Association. Topics of policies being revised include “Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation,” “Support Staff Leaves and Absences” and “Student Retention.”



  • Considered revising the district’s “Early Separation Incentive Policy” and the “Early Separation Incentive Plan.”
  • Voted unanimously to accept the district’s annual financial audit report.
  • Reviewed suggestions for re-naming two district schools. According to the agenda:

The committee reviewed name submissions and were able create consensus on the name recommendations. The names below are submitted for board review.

Liberty Junior High-
1st choice – Heritage Middle School
2nd choice- North Ridge Middle School

South Valley Junior High-
1st choice- Westview Middle School
2nd choice- Rush Creek Middle School

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JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.


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