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Mary Beth Scherer

The end of the year is quickly approaching and that means wrapping up the first semester for area school districts. Concordia R-2 Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer said it’s been a good start to the school year in their district.  “We had 12 new staff members this year which is quite a bit for our district,” said Scherer, “They’re all doing well and have been very positive additions to our school district.  We are pleased with each and every one of those.”

Their students have also had a successful first semester.  “Our Lady Oriole volleyball team posted the best season on record in district history,” said Scherer, “Our FFA received a three-star rating which is, I think, one of 32 chapters in the state to receive that rating.”

Scherer said they’re already thinking about the second half of the school year.  “One of the things we’re working on and, I think every school in the state is doing the same, is improving attendance,” said Scherer, “We have a 90/90 goal where we attempt to have 90% of our kids with 90% attendance.  So, we’re looking at ways to encourage kids to come to school and recognizing those kids.  We’re working on quarterly activities that encourage attendance.”

The second semester will also see a focus on their junior students who are now required to take the ACT test as part of the state accreditation process.  “This will  be the first year it’s required so we’re waiting to see what will happen because, anytime you see more kids take the ACT, test scores tend to go down because if you’re not planning to use it, the score isn’t as important to you,” said Scherer, “We’re trying to get across to kids how important it is and how important it is to the district that they do well and have the skills they need.”

The Concordia School District will return to classes on Tuesday, January 6th.