CCR-1 School Board Approves Creation of SADD Chapter
The Clark County R-1 School Board approved the creation of an SADD Chapter at the High School, during their Thursday, January 13 meeting.
Formerly know as Students Against Drunk Driving, SADD now stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Presenting their request to the board were Martie Slocum, Christian LaFrenz and a Courtney Carter, along with high school science teacher Benjamin Taylor.
“Students in Clark County don’t have a lot of entertainment outlets,” Taylor said. “And because of that, many turn to poor decisions.”
The SADD Chapter hopes to educate other students about the effects of destructive decisions, as well as to provide other entertainment outlets.
“It’s not just about drinking and smoking, “ Slocum told the board. “It’s also about eating disorders, dating violence and mental health help. I want somewhere for kids facing these problems to be able to go to talk about it with others.”
Currently, there are 24 students interested in the chapter.
The board gave its unanimous approval.
The board also heard reports on the districts Gifted Program and Library Media Centers.
Running Fox Principal Ryan Bergeson present the Gifted report highlight its strengths as having added the Science Inquiry extracurricular class, having a successful quiz bowl team, and the “push-in” program bringing more advanced information into the classrooms.
The main weakness of the program remains that the number of students it serves is down. It currently serves about 20 students, while it should be serving closer to 40 students.
Kay Sprague and Lindy Harmon presented the Library Media Center reports to the board.
Among the strengths reported was the fact that the district has certified librarians at both the lower and upper levels.
The libraries’ computer resources have improved in all buildings, with many computer available for student use.
The biggest concern expressed was that the current electronic management system is outdated and may not be compatible with new computer systems. Another concern is that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are again revising their standards, with little guidance being given to the district on what those standards will be.
In other business, the board:
--Reviewed preliminary plans for window replacement in the buildings. The new windows will be smaller and more efficient. The district expects to seek bids for the window replacement in March, with the work being done next summer.
--The board also approved the purchase of a used scissor lift for $4500.
--Board member Kristy Webber complemented the band on their conduct and behavior during their recent Gator Bowl trip.