With the start of a new fiscal year and less than a month to the start of school the Palestine Unit 3 School Board had several items to discuss and approve from online textbooks to milk and bread.
For the first time there were no bids for the providing of bread to the district. Prairie Farms' bid for milk was approved, but there were no bids for the providing of bread to the district.
Interim Superintendent Chris Long said he will be looking for alternatives, but reassured the board there will be bread.
Several organizations were approved to raise funds in the name of the school district. The Palestine Academic Foundation, PTO, Parent Involvement Group, Pioneer Bandwagon and Palestine Booster Club were all approved.
The board approved several policy updates, reviewed the risk management plan, approved IASB membership and approved purchase of the OdysseyWare Program at a cost of $6,000. The program will function as an online textbook/class in the areas of health for high school students.
The board approved Kemper CPA Group to perform the annual audit.
The board approved several hirings for the 2014-15 school year. Dessie Carr was approved as Title I grant coordinator, Melody Benton as special education teacher/coordinator, Holly Dix as half-time health aide, Beth Kiger as volunteer high school track coach, and Lindsy Beabout as volunteer high school cheerleading coach.
The following aides were also hired for the 2014-15 school year: Linda Rich, Carol Watts, Dessie Carr, Miranda Waddell, Kathy Wesley, Marcia Adams, Holly Inboden and Kathy Hand.
The resignation of Jessica Pickens as speech pathologist was accepted, and the position posted. Other positions posted were volunteer assistant high school track coach, co-sponsor junior high cheerleading, co-sponsor high school year book and student senate sponsor.
The salary schedule for educational support personnel for 2014-15 was approved with a one half percent increase.
A loan of $125,000 was approved from the operations and maintenance fund to the education fund.
The release of closed session minutes and recording was tabled pending committee review.