Seligman Council receives report on GED program

Thursday, November 20, 2008

On Nov. 10, the Seligman City Council reviewed a report on the general education diploma (GED) classes that are held at the city library each week.

The report, which was written by GED class instructor Janet Dard Ballard, showed that 22 students enrolled in classes in September. The library conducted 221 hours of classes during the month.

"This was a really good start for the year," wrote Ballard. "We had five students take the GED test on Oct. 24. They will get their results back from Jefferson City in three weeks. If they do not pass all five sections, they can re-test on just the sections they missed or the entire test."

GED classes are held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The next test date will be Dec. 12. Around 10 students are preparing to take the test next month.

"This program began here in Seligman last February and continued until the middle of June," said Ballard. "During that time, we had seven students pass the GED test."

Students who passed the test received a Certificate of High School Equivalence from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Two students received a scholarship level score on the test.

"Thank you for all you do to help make this program a success in your town," said Ballard. "This location not only serves Seligman, but also the surrounding area."

In October, around 30 students enrolled in the GED classes, which are sponsored by Crowder College. Over two dozen of the students are regularly attending classes.

The aldermen also reviewed the October police report, which showed 21 speeding citations, two citations for driving with a suspended or revoked license and 20 traffic warnings.

Other citations were given for no insurance, driving while intoxicated, failing to maintain right-of-way and possessing an open container. There were also eight arrests and 18 service calls made last month.

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

*Heard that the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24.

* Reviewed the code enforcement report.

* Received a letter from the Greene County Commission thanking the city for its contribution to the Southwest Missouri Crime Laboratory, which is being constructed in Springfield.

* Reviewed the preliminary 2009 budget and decided to revise the 2008 budget at the December council meeting.

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