The candidates for the 2013 Teacher of the Year and Beacon of the Year awards were introduced during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education.

The candidates for the 2013 Teacher of the Year and Beacon of the Year awards were introduced during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education. The list of candidates is as follows:
Dewey/Garrison: Linda Hauck, Teacher; Julie Chastain, Beacon. Field: Billie McGraw, Teacher; Terri May, Becon. Central: Jana Shira, Teacher; Dave Sheler, Beacon. CMS: Keri Rodenberg, Teacher; Stacy Pauls, Beacon. CHS: Pam Constant, Teacher; Johnnie McClean, Beacon, GRTS: Nancy Burtch, Teacher; Marla Harrington, Beacon.
A group of students from Field Elementary were also recognized during the meeting. In September, third graders embarked on a fitness journey thanks to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s statewide challenge of 100 miles of running, walking or biking during the 2013-14 school year. Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after classes, the group runs around the school grounds for 30 minutes.
The three top runners for each gender were recognized Tuesday night. Juliann Gabrielson is currently in first place for the girls with a total of 41 miles. Cami Carpenter is in second place with 36.3 miles, followed closely by Briana Ritchie in third place with 36 miles. Griff Bonderer leads the boys with 33.6 miles. Caleb Mumper and Ruger Cox take second and third place with 31.5 and 31.2 miles, respectively.
Fellow Field Elementary student, Pablo Jones, was also recognized Tuesday. Field Principal said Pablo was one of the best mathematicians in his class, if not the entire building. Pablo displayed a folder with flash cards, tables and other tools that help him with his multiplication skills.
The R-2 Board heard a report on Community/Adult Education, presented by Jayme Caughron, director of Grand River Technical School. In the report, Caughron said GRTS offered 17 adult education classes during the fall 2013 semester. Fourteen of these classes garnered enough students to conduct classes. She said all health-related programs are always in high demand, and all GRTS instructors gladly provide training for local and surrounding area industries. That training is held either at the GRTS facility or at the individual businesses.
In conjunction with North Central Missouri College and Zieglar Company, GRTS Diesel Tech Instructor Ray Summers will be teaching a new tractor mechanics night class next semester at the school. This will also serve as an addition to the offering available in the GRTS 1+1 technical degree program. The program allows students to earn a two-year associate’s degree while focusing on specialized technical classes.
Caughron said one of the main goals of the Community/Adult Education program is its commitment to its students. She said plans have been put in place to change the times or lengths of classes to fit the needs of the community. Caughron said these changes are being made thanks to information obtained from students through course-end surveys.
In a unanimous vote, the Board chose to extend its agreement with ProServ Business Systems. The St. Joseph company has provided photocopy services to the district for the past five years. Superintendent Roger Barnes said the district has nearly doubled its number of copiers during the previous five-year agreement. ProServ has provided and serviced these additional machines at no extra charge. The new 62-month agreement will come at a cost of $5,700 per month and allows for $12,000 per year color copy allowance and $6,000 per year black copy allowance.
The meeting concluded with the approval of election filing dates for the three positions coming open on the R-2 Board in April 2014. Filing will be open from 8 a.m. on Dec. 17 until 5 p.m. on Jan. 21. The terms of Jason Bone, Michael Leamer and Shawn Skoglund are expiring.