Central 104 appoints new board member

Christina Ward takes the oath of office, becoming the newest member of the Central 104 Board of Education.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

O’FALLON – At the Central District 104 meeting on Monday, Christina Ward was appointed as a board member. 

Ward will be replacing former board member Brent Whipple, who retired his position. Ward was sworn during the April 8 meeting and read an oath before the Board of Education. 

Superintendent Dawn Elser said the Apptegy app will be ready within the next month. The app will be for Central District 104 students, families and staff with all school related information and news available to them. It will serve the same purpose as the school website, but more accessible and user friendly. 

Elser said after a recent survey was passed out to Central families about interest in summer camp programs through the district, the feedback was positive. 

The summer camp would be a nine- week program with lunch included and a field trip per week. The camp would cost $100 per week with a before and after “latchkey” time slot available before and after camp hours. The regular camp hours would be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

“I think the interest would be there,” Elser said. 

Ages for students participating in the camp would be five through 12- years- old. 

Elser said the camp would be open to local students around O’Fallon and not exclusive to Central District 104 students. 

Families would be able to sign up their students for whichever weeks they choose — each week would have a different theme from sports to academics. 

The board approved the the summer camp program and cost of $100 per week and the before and after camp sessions as the same price as the Central District 104 latchkey program. 

The board also approved the addition of a full day tuition preschool for the 2019-20 school year and for setting the monthly cost at $620 a month.

The hours of the pre-school program would be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Central board discussed the name change of Central Elementary to Dawn Elser Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year. 

Board president Sarah Svoboda said the district’s attorney recommended to make the name change in the month of June so the school would have the proper amount of time to change the school sign on the elementary building and to make other necessary changes. 

The cost of the sign for the elementary school building would be the only associated cost for the district to make the name change. 

“We would still remain Central School District 104, we would just be changing the name of the elementary school,” Svoboda said. “There would be no more confusion.” 

Board member David Swaney said it was a recommendation by former board member Brent Whipple to make the name change, and not prompted by Elser herself. 

The board will move the discussion to the next board meeting in May.

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