Education & Agriculture

    The Central Community High School Board approved a reduction in force (RIF) to a Physical Education (PE) position during a special meeting Monday night at Central.
    Following a unanimous vote, the board approved a resolution for the reduction in force of professional educator licensed employee Misty Underwood. Underwood is a 13-year educator at Central, and a 20-year educator overall.
    Prior to the vote, Underwood attended the board meeting Monday night and handed a letter to the board, stating her case for not eliminating her PE teaching position.
    “Once a Cougar, always a Cougar has always been our motto here at Central,” she wrote. “I honestly never thought that I would be made to leave the Cougar family.”
    Underwood was a PE teacher in the Physical Education department, and was an instructor for the Fine Arts dance class, however, the Fine Arts program has since been eliminated.
    “With the Fine Arts program here at Central gone, I guess that has left my position open to being RIFed (Reduction in Force). This decision will definitely impact the culture of our physical education program … our program is structured, consistent, and disciplined,” she wrote.
    Underwood highlighted her 20 years as a PE teacher, including attending physical education leadership conferences, other conventions, serving on the school’s Handbook Committee, School Improvement Team, and as a volunteer coach for the volleyball team.
    She added that she met with administrators on how to conduct PE classes safely while following state COVID guidelines.
    “When teaching physical education, you have to be flexible and accommodating to the school needs,” she wrote. “Obviously I am not happy about the curriculum change this year but I am doing what I need in order to make sure that students are safe and can still be learning and active in my class.”

The Breese Journal has been asking for submissions from you, the readers, about your farm equipment restoration projects. Listed below, in the order they appeared in the Breese Journal, are your responses. Click on the photographs to see a larger version!

William Strotheide
    William Strotheide of Beaver Prairie, a farmer, has something in common with John Fischer of Carlyle: they're both fans of Minneapolis-Moline's G1000 tractor.
    Strotheide said he favors the G1000 because it's big, and is a nice farm vehicle to handle.
    He said his was restored out of necessity, usually meaning it was a working piece of equipment on the farm.
    He did his restoration all on his own, but to his knowledge, he doesn't know if it's still in use for regular farm work.
    Strotheide, who has done two restoration projects, said "they were all challenging."
    He's not sure what his dream project would be, but Strotheide said anyone should think twice before they're about to get into a restoration project. 
    Why? "Once you get started, you keep going and that's how you get through" that project.


Richter MichaelMichael J. Richter
    Michael J. Richter, of Highland, a dairy replacement manager, favors Farmall tractors as his restoration badge of choice.
    Richter said his favorite is the Farmall Super H, because it is simple and easy to operate, as tractors go.
    His Farmall Super H is the only one he's restored to date. It was handed down from his father, who purchased the tractor from the AC dealer in Highland over 60 years ago.
    The restoration was done out of honor because every family member has operated this particular tractor, Richter said.
    Richter said his tractor has been repaired twice by a Mr. Frerker in Breese, his father's cousin's son.
    While the Super H doesn't do much in the way of farm tasks anymore, Richter said it is used for hayrides the family has each October on his mother's birthday.
    Richter said his dream project would be pulling the family trolley from Kentucky Horse Park with the Super H.
    He said, for anyone contemplating such a restoration project to take their time and enjoy their work "because if done right, it will be better than new and last for generations."

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