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    The Carlyle School District Board of Education approved its  Illinois School Report Card for 2019-2020 as presented, at its Nov. 18 meeting, held virtually.
    Superintendent Annie Gray told the board there is a lot of data that is missing, due to the early closure of schools last spring.
    The information would be inconsistent since the district did not have a full year of instruction.
    Overall, the district's ratings stayed the same: A "commendable" at junior high and high school, and "exceptional" at the elementary school.
    Board President Aaron Heinzmann congratulated the district staff and administrators on their accomplishments with the school report card. 
    Some of the key points in this year's report card for the district:
    • Teacher retention percentage was up, at 92 percent, and well over the state average, Gray said, and something that's beneficial for the district. 
    • The district's adequacy percentage has continued to increase and the district is still within a Tier 2 range, Gray said. 
    The district is said to be operating at 73 percent toward their adequacy mark.
    Last year the district was at 71 percent, and the year before they were at 69 percent.
    Gray said that figure could drop again because of the possibility of cuts within their district.
    • Saw a decrease in their graduation rate at the high school, which is something they want to keep an eye on, Gray said.
    Typically, looking at the last few years, the high school has been around the 80-85 percent graduation rate. 

lintonalexander    In the changing educational setting of this COVID period, some students can adapt and perform just fine in the classroom or at home.
    For other students, it becomes a struggle that almost no one can understand — except maybe educators. 
    In one district's plight to aid its struggling students, Terry Linton brought concerns about her students' schooling to her school board. 
    Linton is the Carlyle School District's special education administrator.
    She presented to the Carlyle Board of Education at their Nov. 18 meeting, held via Google Meets.
    Board members did receive Linton's report in advance.
    Linton said she did have a lot of concerns after seeing students' first-quarter grades this year.
    She pulled students in the district who have an individual ized education program, or IEP.
    An IEP is a legal document that defines how a school plans to meet a child’s unique educational needs that result from a disability. It is the cornerstone of a child’s special education program.
    A large part of the reason the grades for special education students in the Carlyle School District are on the decline is because they are not completing the required school work.
    Linton said she felt it was "a good idea to call each of those parents, and I did so."
    She encouraged parents to check the Parent Connect system; a lot of the parents said they had not checked it the first quarter, Linton found out.
    While that's not a good thing, Linton said a lot of her special education parents are stressed, some of them having lost their jobs or homes during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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