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The Farmington R-7 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday to recognize a student, a community leader and to discuss the district’s student achievement reports.

The meeting began with the board recognizing SukYi Scott for being named the American Legion Missouri "JROTC Cadet of the Year."

Although the "Cadet of the Year" award is prestigious in its own right, what is even more special about Scott’s award is this is the first time any cadet from Farmington High School won such an award.

“This is awesome for the district, but for the Air Force Junior ROTC program this is amazing,” said Superintendent Matt Ruble. “It is something we are very proud of, but the recognition will obviously open many doors for SukYi. She is a fantastic student. Besides ROTC, she is also a member of Black Knight Marching Band and National Honor Society. She also has over 120 service hours. We are very proud of SukYi.”

The board also recognized Pat King as the high school’s Heartland Hero award. According to Hostetler, during the nomination meeting, there really wasn’t a better choice than King.

During his presentation, Hostetler spoke how King - a member of the Farmington Kiwanis - helped revive the school's Key Club in 2010 after years of not having one. He also added how King was instrumental in getting the White-Out Game and the Pink-Out Game last year.

In addition, Hostetler spoke of how King not only talks to students about leadership, he demonstrates it in his own personal life. For example, it is not uncommon to see King stand alongside kids distributing food to those in need - as was the case during the recent food distribution event at Memorial United Methodist Church.

As he accepted the award, King told the board he did not act alone in any of his endeavors. The newest Heartland Hero told the board it was the Key Club staff and students who actually do all the work.

During the meeting, the board heard from the principals at Jefferson Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Washington-Franklin Elementary, Farmington Middle School and Farmington High School about their individual school’s Student Achievement Report.

“Overall, when you look at each report, we did a fantastic job across the board as far as student achievement,” said Ruble. “You look at each report and you want to congratulate the staff and the administrators. The scores are important to the district, but it also shows the hard work and dedication of our staff and our parents. They are always willing to support our kids and give them the help they need.”

Although there are several areas the district is pleased with, individually, the principals are equally as proud of some of the information the report highlights.

At the high school level, Hostetler told the board he was very pleased with the school’s 94 percent graduation rate and the 95 percent career placement rate of the students.

In the areas that fell below standard, particularly math and science, the district's administrators would like to figure out a way to boost those scores. 

“When you look at reports like these, there is always some area you wished you moved up in,” Ruble said. “We just need to remain focused and keep looking forward and look into the areas we need to improve.”

According to Ruble - and most of the principals - the district will be focusing on math and science.

After the meeting, Ruble discussed the lease between the district and Farmington of Wilson-Rozier Athletic Field.

"We are very excited about this," Ruble said. "Wilson-Rozier is a great sports complex and we are looking forward to being able to use the complex for our baseball team."

The next board meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the administration building at 1022 Ste. Genevieve Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

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