Hardin-Central board to learn more about Common Core

By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News

The discussion surrounding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative is coming to the Hardin-Central C-2 School District.

Martin Griffin, Hardin-Central superintendent, announced during Monday night’s school board meeting at Hardin-Central Schools that there would be “at least a little bit of (a) presentation” about CCSS during the board’s Nov. 11 meeting. Griffin stated that the board would “hear both sides of the issue” during the November presentation.

As has been reported, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has adopted CCSS’ mathematics and English-language arts standards as the state standards, to take effect the 2014-15 school year. The decision has stirred up controversy.

“It is really causing some questions and concerns,” Griffin said. “But … (there are) always two sides to everything.”

Other business covered or voted on Monday included the following:

• The effects of the federal government’s partial shutdown were discussed. Rodney Clodfelter, principal for grades 7-12, said the scheduled Armed Services Vocation Aptitude Battery Test for the school’s juniors had been postponed. However, Griffin said the shutdown wasn’t affecting the district “that much.”

“I wait until the end of the year to do all of our claims for the federal money,” he said. “We don’t need that money right up front…. When it comes to title (programs) and our special ed funding and stuff like that, I do the request at the end of the year after we’ve expended the funds, rather than just trying to do it bit by bit by bit.”

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