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Deployed Slater school board member attends meeting "in person"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Slater school board member Joey Gochenour reads a certificate to the rest of the board and Superintendent John McEachern Thursday, Feb. 18. Gochenour also presented the district with a flag that flew in Iraq, where he currently is deployed.
(Marcia Gorrell/Democrat-News)
Slater school board member Joey Gochenour, who has been "attending" meetings by Skype video conferencing while on military deployment in Iraq was in person at the meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 18.

During the meeting, Gochenour, home on a 15-day leave, presented Superintendent John McEachern and the district with an American flag which was flown on Dec. 7, 2009, over Al Asad Airbase where he is stationed.

In new business, McEachern talked to the board about raising tuition for the students who come to the high school from area "sending" schools. Those schools include Orearville, Hardeman, Gilliam and at times Miami, he said.

He said that the current $3,750 tuition comes short of the approximately $5,300 it costs the district a year for the students' education. With 43 such students this year, he said that it cost the district approximately $62,000.

"Basically we're subsidizing those schools, educating their kids, by a substantial amount," he said. "I think it is our obligation to look at this very closely."

After some questions from the board, McEachern said he would find out what other schools are charging for tuition and have it available at the board's next budget workshop.

In other business, the board also voted to advertise for bids for a new air conditioning system for the school's library.

After adjourning, the board went into executive session where they accepted the retirement of Glenetta Burks, elementary custodian and the resignation of Chris Ferri, junior high basketball coach.

Contact Marcia Gorrell at marshallag@socket.net


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OMG As far as my english i am lazy and dont go over everything that i put onto the papers blog site to see that i get an A but i did very well in english and communication arts in both high school and college so take that comment and put it somewhere lol

-- Posted by honest opinion on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 9:20 AM

OMG if thats what you were getting at you should have said that from the jump. i will admit that im not crazy about the superintendent. previously you sounded like you were laying the blame on some people i resect very much. That not being the case i see what you are saying. Now for the time and money thing i dont have the time im not around anymore to where i can give my time or believe me i would i do give money to every slater kid that brings fundraisers my way.

-- Posted by honest opinion on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 9:17 AM

There are problems with the superintendent. I wish they could come to light. McEachern pulls Slater down and is very sly. He has overstayed his welcome!

-- Posted by summerguy on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 7:56 AM

I would also like to point to Honest Opinion's post and his/her talent with "Communication Arts". The fact he or she admits to have received their education in the Slater School System only serves to illustrate my point.

-- Posted by OMG! on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 8:29 PM

I am not saying anything against either principal. I think they are both wonderful, my question is why are two great people both resigning at the same time? I think there is something else going on here is all I am saying.

Let's google the other area schools and see how they are doing shall we?

Gilliam - Overall MET

ORearville - Overall MET

Hardeman - Overall MET

Marshall - Overall MET

Sweet Springs - Overall MET

Slater - Overall NOT MET (covered that already)

BTW, how do you know what I do or don't do for the school? I "donate" my hard earned money every time I pay sales tax or property tax in this town. I donate my time to the school every day, can you say the same? The teachers work hard and it's not like I am trying to lay blame on the staff. Honestly, I think it is a leadership problem (Superintendent) and great people are leaving because they will not be a part of it. I will admit that is speculation on my part, but I find it interesting we lose both principals shortly after the board signed a 2 year contract with the superintendent.

-- Posted by OMG! on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 3:57 PM

OMG I WANT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE YOU MUST HAVE WITH THE SLATER SCHOOL DISTRICT. JIM AUDSLEY IS OF THE AGE TO STEP DOWN AND HAS PUT IN SEVERAL YEARS INTO THIS DISTRICT. IF YOU ARE SOMEHOW SAYING SOMETHING ABOUT HIM I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO STEP DOWN JIM IS AN AWSOME PERSON TEACHER AND COACH I WAS THERE TO SEE IT I WAS NOT THERE TO SEE HIM AS PRINCIPAL HOWEVER IF HE WAS 1/3 AS GOOD AT THAT AS HE WAS AT THE REST THEN HE BEATS THE HELL OUTA MOST. AS FAR AS THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL I UST DONT KNOW. I WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION IF YOU CARE SOOOOOO MUCH ABOUT ALL THIS WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO CHANGE IT? DONATE TIME, MONEY, ATTEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS........ OR ARE YOU SOMEONE WHO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DISTRICT DRAWING A CONCLUSION FROM THE OUTSIDE. IM NOT SURE WHAT SCHOOL AROUND HERE YOU ARE COMPARING SLATER TO BUT THERE REALY ISNT A DECENT SIZED SCHOOL SETTING THE BAR.

-- Posted by honest opinion on Sat, Feb 20, 2010, at 12:02 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
Please do not use all caps when posting comments.

Katie, maybe you could enlighten us on the situation then? Sorry, I am not a fly on the wall but you can't blame people for wondering why both principals would be leaving at the same time. Maybe someone NEEDS to "stir things up" because the lack of discussion is making me wonder if anyone even cares.

As far as setting the bar for education a simple google search shows the following information for Alexander Elementary:

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Statistics:

Met Overall AYP : Not Met

Overall AYP Subgroups Met : 3

Overall AYP Total Subgroups : 6

Met Overall AYP for Mathematics : Met

AYP for Mathematics Subgroups Met : 3

AYP for Mathematics Total Subgroups : 3

Met Overall AYP for Communication Arts : Not Met

AYP for Communication Arts Total Subgroups : 3

Met AYP Attendance Rate : Met

3 of 6 Not Met, overall Not Met. Communication Arts (the very first R...Reading) NOT MET. It's pretty hard to do much with your education if you can't READ. If that is setting the bar, it must be a limbo.

-- Posted by OMG! on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 8:15 PM

workingmom Slater has passed all the state test to keep teaching. When you get lemons you make lemonaide slater staff is a great staff they care about the kids more than a pay check but marshall wouldnt know about that. Teacher giving answers to test questions and being pressured into doing it from above no doubt. People like the Mrs Connie Clemons Mr Goodman Coach Chris Ferri Tom Audsley These people didnt cut and run or cheat when it got hard they dug in and here they are. Thank you all and all the greats that i didnt mention because that isnt all Gonzalas and many more Beltz too many to list you are all great!!!

-- Posted by honest opinion on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 5:41 PM

I never stated it was a fact-- simply opined.

I am sure they do fine-- but my opinion is mine-- as you are entitled to yours-- wow-- a lot of feathers become ruffled when someone makes a comment-- isn't that what this section is for????

-- Posted by workingmom on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 1:03 PM

Working Mom-Just wandering where you are get your facts about Slater not setting the bar for education. Last time I checked Slater is doing fine. At least Slater teachers aren't fired for Cheating on the MAP test.

-- Posted by slaterhome on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 12:31 PM

I am curious also what other schools charge for tuition for the country schools, because I would venture to guess, that if Slater does not stay under the other schools' amounts then they will lose many of the country schools' students- as Slater is not known for setting the bar in education, and many of the country schools have more than one option to choose for high school.

-- Posted by workingmom on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 11:19 AM

It never ceases to amaze me how some bloggers on this site continually try to 'stir things up' without any actual knowledge of what they are writing about.

-- Posted by katie76 on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 11:05 AM

I wonder if they were discussing the fact that the district is suddenly short TWO principals right in the middle of the school year? If this fiasco were happening in Marshall, the paper would be all over it.

-- Posted by OMG! on Fri, Feb 19, 2010, at 5:22 AM
Response by Marcia Gorrell/Staff writer:
Just to clarify: Both principals are still currently working at the schools in their respective positions. However, elementary principal Ragena Mize has resigned and high school principal Jim Audsley is retiring, both effective at the end of the school year. The district has already hired a new high school principal for next year and is in the process of looking for a new elementary principal.

http://www.marshallnews.com/story/161106...



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