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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.