By Susan Redden
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
The Carthage School Board on Monday started its meeting with a moment of silence for students and staff killed in school shooting last week in Connecticut, and ended it with Superintendent Blaine Henningsen touching on security measures in place in the district.
“We’re doing everything we can to promote safety and security in the schools,” he said. “We try to plan for every contingency.”
Henningsen said district planning includes working with police and conducting drills on emergencies, including how students and staff should respond in the event of a building intruder. He earlier had posted a message to parents on the school district’s website about security plans in place that included a link to a national school psychologist’s website with information about how parents might discuss the shooting with their children.
The board heard a report on district curriculum from Deborah Swarens, assistant superintendent for instruction, including a review of potential district performance under a scoring system under development by the state.
Members also heard an update on performance of students at the Carthage Junior High School by Jenny Bogle, principal, who noted improved scores in eighth-grade math and communication arts.
The board in a closed meeting after the regular session approved the hiring of Donna Garber and Stacey Stark as practical nursing instructors at the Carthage Technical School, and Morgan Howard, as a teacher at Columbian Elementary School. The board accepted the resignation of Machelle Hartley, a practical nursing instructor, and retirements of Cindy Hann and Cyndi Smith, both middle school teachers.
Pamela Corkle, who had headed the Carthage Bright Futures program, was honored by the board on Monday night. Henningsen noted the assignment was part of Corkle’s work as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer, which she had completed.