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Centre BOE hear about new ag system

Deb Wiles to retire

Staff writer

Centre FFA adviser Mark Hager told the board of education at their regular meeting on Monday about a new record-keeping system that has been established for Centre FFA students who wish to use it.

He said 24 students now use the system.

“It is a valuable tool for students who want to do it,” Hager said.

Individual students use the system to keep track of income and expenses associated with their agricultural products.

Because the system is online, students, as well as their parents, have access to it at home. Tom Oborny said it is much quicker than the Excel spreadsheets students used in the past. He also noted that the online program assures that no data can be lost.

Hager said the system provides a composite of all economic activity generated by the students. For instance, so far this year, Centre FFA members have earned $26,000. The economic impact this year on the local community, including buying, selling, and taxes, totals $61,593.

Ag teacher Laura Klenda reported the Board of Regents has approved several ag education courses as qualifying toward science credits required for graduation. These include subjects related to earth science, environmental science, and plant science.

Superintendent Jerri Kemble presented board member Steve Jirak with a certificate from the Kansas Association of School Boards for his participation in training programs.

The board approved a Biddy Basketball program for students in fourth through sixth grades. It will be held for six consecutive Saturday mornings. Exact times and dates have not yet been determined. Alan Stahlecker will be the coach and will be paid $700.

Kemble informed the board that school events such as ball games, programs, and plays are being streamed live at www. The events are archived there and can be accessed for viewing any time.

The board approved a quote of $600 from Dittman Auto Body for repair of a bus body. They also approved a bid from Don Hattan Chevrolet for one 2013 Chevrolet Suburban for $32,803. Transportation director Bob Mueller was authorized to sell an old bus and a Suburban.

The board approved a 2 p.m. early dismissal on Jan. 9 to allow time for school personnel to prepare to host the league Scholar’s Bowl meet that will begin at 4 p.m.


The board met in executive session with Kemble for 40 minutes to discuss personnel.

After returning to open session, they accepted the resignation and retirement of Deb Wiles as junior high school science teacher and girls’ volleyball and basketball coach, effective at the end of the school year. She has been teaching at Centre for 32 years.

The board also accepted the resignation of assistant technology coordinator Dani Litke, effective Dec. 14.

Kemble reported that several teachers and students would be presenting at the TEEN Mash-Up conference that has yet to be scheduled. They are teachers Laura Vinduska, Mark Hager, Marci Cain, and Tana Riffel, and the iPad Chefs, a team of third and fourth grade students.

Last modified Dec. 13, 2012