Skip to content

Central set for a successful year

Students in the Central School District are getting ready for another school year that begins Thursday.

High School Principal Brad Coleman said the year holds some exciting things for students in the district.

“We’ve issued the new Chromebooks to our students,” Coleman said. “They’re touch screen this year, and they have swivel cameras. So we’re providing a little more technology in the hands of all student at the high school and we’re looking to move forward with more instruction, technology-wise in the classroom.”

Superintendent Desi Mayberry said the district isn’t undergoing any large-scale construction or facilities projects, but there are some roof repairs that are getting wrapped up.

Mayberry said there aren’t many faculty changes occurring either, with only three new hires being added to the district this year.

Coleman said the high school campus is also seeing a new program getting its start with the goal of helping students succeed during their time in school.

“We’ve started a new program called ‘Success 101,’” Coleman said. “It’s an anti-risk program specifically targeting students who either miss too many days of school or do not complete work in classes. And what we’re trying to do is target the reasons for that, as well as build a little self-confidence in these students through character education.

“We’ll also provide them with assistance in getting those assignments done, getting to school on time and being at school every day. The coordinator for that program is Zach Mills, and he will do an outstanding job.”

This year will also mark Coleman’s last as Central High School’s principal, though he won’t be leaving the district. He will be replacing Mayberry as superintendent after this school year.

“This will be my sixteenth year as principal at CHS,” Coleman said. “And I have relished every moment of it. I love the students and staff, the community has been tremendous, and I am looking forward to making a change in moving to the superintendent’s office. Hopefully we can build upon the changes we’ve made as a district and move forward with new plans and new ideas.”

Mayberry has been with the district for a combined 22 years — first as a teacher, then returning as a principal, and finally superintendent. He said he believes the district will be in good shape when Coleman takes over, especially when it comes to the school board.

“Of all the school boards in the state, I think Central has one of the finest (boards) in Missouri,” Mayberry said. “When you work for a great school, even when things are going tough, we’ve had a good school board to work for. They’ve kept themselves educated as to what was going on and they always understood the situation we were in, which actually made it more manageable for me.”

But as for this year, Mayberry said the district will continue doing what it has always done.

“I think everybody knows we’re going to continue to be looking for ways to improve the educational opportunities that we offer here at Central,” Mayberry said.

For third through fifth grade and middle school open house was held Monday evening.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening at Central Elementary. Freshman orientation will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at the high school auditorium, followed by open house for all high school at 6 p.m.

A high school athletics/extracurricular meeting will be held this evening at 7:30 p.m.

While touring Central High School during the final day of pre-registration on Wednesday, freshmen hear upperclassmen speak about clubs and organizations to get involved with during high school.

While touring Central High School during the final day of pre-registration on Wednesday, freshmen hear upperclassmen speak about clubs and organizations to get involved with during high school.

Students tour Central High School during pre-registration on Aug. 9, led by upperclassmen.

Students tour Central High School during pre-registration on Aug. 9, led by upperclassmen.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

Leave a Comment