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home : local news : local news August 19, 2017

5/18/2017 2:51:00 PM
Vennard to fill seat on Palestine school board
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Tara Vennard will join the Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education.

Vennard was appointed to fill the vacant two-year board seat left over from the general consolidated election. She will take her oath of office at the June 19 meeting.

With the flurry of end-of-school programs and recent consolidation discussions, the board took time to focus on summer projects and other business.

High School Principal Tangi Waldrop reported that Palestine/Hutsoniville sold the most car raffle tickets sponsored by Silverthorne Auto Group. Palestine sold 1,744 tickets with Hutsonville selling 683 tickets. Plans are being made to draw the winning ticket at Palestine High School graduation at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The raffle raise $41,360 for local schools.

Waldrop also mentioned that during last week's awards night Palestine students accepted $344,000 in various scholarships. She also noted that Baylee Baker had signed on to play volleyball at Lincoln Trail College next year.

Interim Superintendent Chris Long reported he has been discussing the 1 percent sales tax with the Robinson Unit 2 superintendent and is wait to hear of their level of interest in pursuing the mater. In order for a 1 percent sales tax to be placed on the ballot, the voter population with more than 50 percent of the student population must be for it. The Robinson Unit 2 District makes up over 50 percent.

A building walk through of the high school and the grade school will be planned for June, and Long will try to coordinate that visit with the architect to answer questions, present a life safety report and estimates on a parking lot.

Long also reported Egyptian Trust insurance is expected to increase 3 percent this year. Egyptian Trust provides health, life, dental and vision insurance to faculty and staff.

The board also authorized Long to go out for milk and bread bids for the 2017-18 school year.

In other personnel matters the board accepted Marita Stoltz resignation as transportation director and appointed Jason Swain to the position. They also authorized Lisa Beabout to be paid as fifth and sixth grade cheerleader sponsor for 2016-17 school year.

The board did briefly discuss the May 8 Committee of Ten meeting and noted good attendance and a questions came out of the meeting. The next Committee meeting will be June 12 at Hutsonville.

The next Unit 3 meeting is scheduled for June 19.

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