By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Mac High cheerleaders heading to nationals

The local team won the right to represent Oregon in the competition, set for March 15-19 in Anaheim. The trip will give students the experience of competing in a national event and allow them to meet people and teams from other states and countries, according to adviser Tracy Brandt.

The team, which consists of 14 girls and six boys, placed second in the large-school, coed category at last week’s state meet. However, it had already qualified for the national meet on the strength of its showing at a regional competition in November, Principal Kris Olsen told the board.

In other business, the board:

n Heard a report from Superintendent Maryalice Russell, who said the governor’s proposed budget for schools, $6.15 billion for the 2013-15 biennium, would not cover increasing costs. Because of hikes in PERS obligations and wage and benefit costs, McMinnville could end up as much as $3 million short under that proposal, she said.

Statewide education groups are calling for the legislature to devote $6.9 billion to education during the biennium. That would enable the district to just cover its costs, Russell said.

n Heard a report that enrollment has risen 27 since January, but is still down 23 from the count compiled Oct. 1, the official state benchmark day. The February tally was 6,438, encompassing 1,908 students at the high school, 1,560 at the two middle schools and 2,970 at the six elementary schools.

n Opted out of open enrollment for the general student population, but permitted up to 50 students to switch to the high school’s Engineering and Aerospace Science Academy. Students still can apply for an interdistrict transfer if they want to switch districts, but both the resident district and target district would have to grant their approval.

n Saw a demonstration of the daily math review used in kindergarten to help students meet state standards. The state requires first-year students to be able to count to 100 by ones and tens, add and subtract automatically and break down numbers into components.


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