A total of 27 people attended the Community Engagement Night at Boone Central Public Schools last Tuesday evening, Oct. 18.
Marcia Herring of the Nebraska Association of School Boards was facilitator for this meeting, which included school board members, administrators, teachers, parents and students, as well as the public.
The first exercise was to list both strengths and challenges of the school district.
Many strengths were identified, including advancement of many students to post-secondary education, a good business and industrial base in the community, a relatively strong local economy over the past several years, the school staff, providing modern technology in the form of iPads and Chromebooks for students and teachers, and the upgrading of facilities through the present addition and renovation project.
It was noted that Boone Central ACT test results exceeded the state average by two percentage points last year. A willingness of the Boone Central district to cooperate with other area schools was also listed as a strength.
Community challenges were identified as a shortage of housing, declining rural population and a pending downturn in the agricultural economy. It was noted that new housing developments are being created, and other efforts are being made to add to the community housing stock.
Read more in the Oct. 26 Albion News, print and e-editions.