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November 18, 2013

Peru Central renames secondary grades

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It was also noted at the time that the site allowed individuals to vote multiple times and didn’t prohibit non-residents from participating.

“There is some discussion as to whether that was a flawed survey or not, but it still is a survey,” LaRocque said at the recent meeting.

“We put it out there, we followed the regulations (and) guidelines that we set forward, and I think we need to honor that survey.”

RUFF RESIGNS

At the same session, the board accepted the resignation of member Jonathan Ruff, effective Oct. 14, and appointed Genie Denton to fill his seat, effective Nov. 12, 2013, through May 21, 2014.

LaRocque noted that Ruff resigned not because of his unwillingness to serve on the board but because he no longer lives in the district, which is required of board members by law.

“We did have several people interested in (Ruff’s seat), and the board met and went over the letters of interest, and it was a unanimous decision to appoint Ms. Denton to fill the vacancy,” LaRocque said.

HALL REMEMBERED

The meeting was also used to recognize former School Board member David Hall, who died on Oct. 18, after serving 15 years on the board.

LaRocque noted that his passing was especially difficult for her, as she had helped save Hall’s life a little less than two years ago.

Following a board meeting in March 2012, Hall collapsed as a result of a blood clot and was unconscious and without a pulse on the district’s Community Room floor.

LaRocque and other school officials sprang to action, calling 911, performing CPR, and hooking Hall up to a defibrillator, which restored his heartbeat.

“He was a wonderful man,” LaRocque said.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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