Originally Posted Online: March 21, 2013, 11:19 pm
Last Updated: March 21, 2013, 11:38 pm

Football players make plea for head coach at Cambridge School Board meeting

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By Lisa Hammer, rlhammer@qconline.com

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.