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Lisbon HS seniors in spotlight at meeting

LISBON — David Anderson High School seniors and a handful of talented middle school students were the focus of the most recent village school board meeting.

The first video of a new series titled Senior Spotlight was shown to the school board and visitors Thursday evening. The video showed interviews with several seniors where they spoke about their favorite high school memories and their future plans. The seniors reminisced over nights on the band bus after a football game, playing hide and seek in the school, moments with friends and they all had shared a general fondness for their teachers and classmates as they reflected. All of them mentioned either college or trade school for their future plans.

Superintendent Joe Siefke said several videos showcasing all of the seniors will be filmed and shown over the next few months. He said this is a way to highlight the seniors and give them a special recognition after a tough school year.

Also during the meeting, the seventh and eighth grade Power of the Pen teams were presented with certificates for their achievements at the district competion in January where they competed against 12 other teams. Seventh-graders Madelyn Clow, Chloe Dowd, Kady Dunn, Emma Everett, Marcus Miller and Khloe Wedberg were all honored for their first place win at the district level. Also honored was Allisa Greathouse who represented the eighth-grade team and qualified for regionals.

Their advisor and literary coach, Teresa Crawford, thanked the board and Siefke for allowing her to work with such a great group of kids.

“This group of kids has been working hard since September towards this goal … I’m very proud of them and very pleased with them as I am with all my kids,” Crawford said.

Sixth-grader Sarah Thompson, this year’s county spelling bee champion, was also presented with a certificate. McKinley Elementary principal Daniel Kemats spoke to the board and visitors to praise Thompson for her hard work.

“McKinley does such a great job that we gifted David Anderson with another terrific speller. I can’t be more proud of this girl. To win the county bee, it’s phenomenal, it’s fantastic,” Kemats said.

In personnel matters, the board approved a three-year classified administrative contract for the newly hired maintenance supervisor, Roger Tullis. Tullis will be replacing Ed Duko whose retirement resignation effective March 31 was also accepted by the board. They also accepted the retirement resignation of Jayne Hawkins, high school custodian, effective April 1.

The board also voted to approve the title of the 2020-2021 school spring musical, “Xanadu.” The musical was originally expected to take place last school year but production was shut down to the pandemic. The musical will be filmed instead of the students participating in front of a live audience due to COVID-19 concerns and guidelines.

A new district-wide telephone system provided by GotoConnect was also approved by the board. The new system will be powered by the internet which they hope will reduce the number of dropped calls and other problems the current land-line phone system causes the district. There will still be land-lines in the schools for emergency purposes.

The high school’s seniors also advanced one step closer to graduation when the board voted to approved the list of graduating seniors pending final completion of all requirements for graduation.

lnickel@mojonews.com

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