July 23, 2014

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School program cuts discussed at Policy Committee meeting

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette editor
A lot of questions were asked and a lot of issues brought up but few answers were given during a meeting of the Beardstown School Board's policy committee held last Thursday to discuss the process for reinstating clubs and middle school sports that have been cut from the budget. Members of the Tiger Nation Booster Club, a group formed to help raise funds for deactivated programs and clubs, were present.
The next step will be a meeting between representatives of the board and the teachers' union, scheduled for April 22 and 23, to discuss the possibility of decreased stipends for coaches and club sponsors. The question will be whether the stipends can be legally re-negotiated and, if so, whether decreased stipends will be accepted. This will be a starting point to help determine how much money will be needed to reinstate the cut activities, said Brittney Taylor, Tiger Nation president.

 
Meredosia-Chambersburg School Board reviewing options

By Sandra Haschemeyer
Star-Gazette editor
The Meredosia-Chambersburg Board of Education took no action on a proposal to close the elementary school in Meredosia and move those students to the high school building during a meeting held April 2.
The board will go back to the drawing board, Superintendent Ron Gilbert said, and consider all possibilities before making any decisions. Regarding a restructuring plan, there are many factors to consider such as facility repairs, age of the building, and how feasible it is to have all students under one roof. There is space available at the high school, but renovations will be needed to make it work better, Gilbert said.
The elementary building has 137 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. There are 106 students in grades 6-12.

 
Opera House accepting art for Annual Art Show

by Christina A. Brant

The Beardstown Opera House, 123 State St., Beardstown, will be holding it's annual art show on Saturday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be no admission fee, however, donations at the door will be appreciated.
The Opera house is accepting art to display at the show including, paintings, photography, scultpures, and more. Prizes will be awarded in both adult and youth categories. Best of Show, $25, will be given by the popular vote.

 
Exchange Club promotes Child Abuse Prevention Month

Members of the Exchange Club of Beardstown are joining thousands of fellow members across the country to raise awareness of child abuse. Mayor Steve Patterson signed a proclamation on April 1 designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Beardstown. The local Exchange Club is planning activities during the month. Read the full story in next week's Cass County Star-Gazette

 
Beardstown Arts in the Park set for May 10

Beardstown Main Street will be hosting its first Beardstown Arts in the Park event on Sat., May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the city square.

 
Tiger Nation presents proposals to reinstate activities

By Sandra Haschemeyer
For the Star-Gazette
A group rallying to raise funds to reinstate extracurricular school activities presented funding proposals to the Beardstown School Board during the board's meeting Wednesday, March 26. Brittney Taylor of the Tiger Nation Booster Club gave a slide presentation showing a three-phase proposal to fund activities cut by the school board in February

 
A-C Central teacher blasts ‘bully tactics’

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
Efforts to consolidate the A-C Central and PORTA school districts are over for the time being, but hard feelings generated leading up to the March 18 vote, in which A-C voters rejected the effort, may linger for a while. A-C teacher Carrie Jo Donnan took aim at the tactics of A-C First, a group opposed to consolidation that included members of the A-C Central board, during the March 26 meeting of the board. Donnan took issue with A-C First’s claim that the A-C Central Education Association supported the consolidation effort with PORTA only because its members would get higher wages. She called these claims and others “bully tactics.”
Donnan severely criticized a statement that appeared on an A-C first mass mailer the week before the vote which read, “Promises are like babies-easy to make but hard to deliver.” Donnan called this statement “obscene,” “inappropriate,” and “distasteful.”

 
One dead in weekend fire on Star Lane

By Mike Kloppenburg
Star-Gazette reporter
A Beardstown man is dead after a fire that occurred early Sunday morning.

 
Christ in the Passover

First Presbyterian Church of Virginia invites all to hear a presentation given by Jews for Jesus on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:00 PM. The topic will be Christ in the Passover with a Model Seder, including a potluck supper.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.  Table service will be provided.

 
Virginia’s Annual Community Spaghetti Supper set for April 5

By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Forget the robins. Never mind the start of baseball. Ignore the blossoms. All of these things are nice, but the surest sign of spring is the Virginia’s Annual Community Spaghetti Supper hosted by the Virginia Masonic Lodge.

 
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