CAMBRIDGE -- School board members took no action on retaining football coach Brad Beavis on Thursday night after pleas from his players.
Three AlWood students spoke to Cambridge School Board members about retaining Mr. Beavis. Cambridge and AlWood have a sports cooperative together.
AlWood student Barton Storm said football players were shocked and disappointed Mr. Beavis would not be working with the team next year. The change will mean learning an all-new offense and defense, Mr. Storm said.
He added Mr. Beavis taught them the most important thing was to work together, work hard, that they could win and that God, family and academics were priorities above football.
It was noted 16 football players attended the most recent school board meeting in AlWood.
In other business, third grade teachers presented some of their lessons that use common core standards. Principal Shelly Capps said students are really engaged.
"They're learning and it's like the world has opened up to these kids," she said. She said teachers have created folders of different projects adorned with sticky notes to remind them how to do things differently next year.
In other business, the board:
-- Learned Cambridge will receive $101,160 less in general state aid next year if the state prorates educational spending at 82 percent
-- Learned a new "Cambridge Academy" will begin for select junior high students. The enrichment program held four times this year features chess, medical aid, science and computers. Students are chosen based on academic ability and teacher recommendation.
-- Heard a new group is starting for girls who want to be fit but prefer not to go out for track or softball.
-- Granted tenure to junior high language arts teacher Sunny Letterle and renewed several non-tenured teacher positions, including first-year teachers Josh Bentley, fifth grade, and Amanda Bennett, junior /senior high science; second-year teachers, Kevin Coffee, fourth grade, and Heather Hull, Title Math; and third-year teacher Lana McDonough, kindergarten.
-- Watched a music dance video created to motivate Cambridge students to do their best on standardized tests. The video has had more than 7,000 hits on Facebook.
-- Learned Henry County Farm Bureau members at a recent meeting were "very enthusiastically supportive" of the proposed one-cent county-wide school sales tax to raise funds for school facilities. The referendum is on the April 9 ballot; the board has moved its April meeting to April 30 to allow for canvassing results of those results.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.