STEVENSVILLE — A new school board president was elected and a new trustee was sworn in Monday at the Lakeshore school board meeting.

Jason Beckrow became the new school board president by a unanimous vote, taking the place of Mark Whitwam, who was president for about 13 years.

Superintendent Phil Freeman said that Whitwam, who wasn’t at the meeting, will continue as a trustee.

Sworn in as a new trustee was Rachel Wade. 

In addition, trustees voted to accept the low bid of $38,981 from TPC Technologies Inc. for new auditorium stage lighting. Freeman said the new lights are being funded through the Lakeshore Excellence Foundation.

The lights are expected to be installed in time for the musical performance of “Into the Woods,” which will run Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. 

Trustees further heard a summary of the Eidex report from Freeman about how well the school district is doing, when compared to districts of similar size.

“It tells us if we’re doing better than our peers, worse than our peers or whether we’re on par with our peers in some of our areas,” he said. 

He said the report chose comparison districts that also had around the same percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunches.

“Free and reduced lunch percentages are a great indication, probably the best indication, of student achievement that you can get,” he said. “So when we start comparing student achievement, we can say we’re working with (similar) students in an environment that’s about the same size.”

In almost all areas, Lakeshore scored as good or better than the peer districts. The areas looked at included student performance on standardized tests, teacher salaries and staffing ratios.

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