PARK HILLS — The Central R-3 School Board has learned that eating right, taking part in physical activity and earning prizes can be a winning combination for district students.
At Monday’s regular monthly school board meeting, Central R-3 Assistant Superintendent Troy Bollinger displayed for board members items sent to the district as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL in collaboration with USDA, the program empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school. Students can win prizes, like an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day.
Bollinger said the school district had been awaiting the items for a long time and looked forward to instituting the program in the fall. He threw a small, plastic football into the crowd and held up a backpack with the Fuel Up to Play 60 logo emblazoned on the back.
In other action by the board —
• Central High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Chad Bradley recognized several outstanding students who participated in the school’s spring track and field athletic program. Given special recognition were Skylar Ragland, Georgia Richardson, Danielle Forest, Dillon Willis, Maverick Scott, Tony Jones, Tristen Jordan and Katelynn Sisk. After the students were introduced, the board issued a proclamation honoring the young people for their accomplishments.
• Bollinger offered special recognition to the Central transportation department, praising them for 100 percent of the district’s buses having received perfect scores in a recent state inspection. He said, “Our school district never has a good day unless the transportation department starts off and ends with a good day.”
The board issued a proclamation praising the transportation department for their work.
• Director of Special Services Tammy Wadlow presented board members a written report, required annually as part of MSIP, on Chapter II (ESEA), Title VI, Eisenhower (Title II), Drug Free Schools and Communities, Migrant Education Program, Homeless Children and Youth, English As Second Language (ESL). The board unanimously accepted her report.
• Bollinger provided a facilities update to the board. He said there were several projects going on at various Central campuses during the summer and all were proceeding well. He said that construction work at Central Elementary was currently ahead of schedule. He attributed this to the teaching and classified staff who had “gotten the building ready to go.” Bollinger said, “Because of them, ‘C’ wing is ready and construction was able to start earlier than expected.” He said that work on the high school practice and football field was also going well and he expected the project to be completed sometime in September or October. Also, a number of water hoses had been purchased for use by the district during the recent dry spell during which the area has received little rain.
• A bid of $12,500 for installation of a new intercom system at the middle school was approved. Bollinger said the new system would answer several of the school’s needs, as well as safety concerns.
“The previous system was installed around 30 years ago,” he said. “To have repaired it would have cost $4,000, but it would not have allowed for a multiple bell system or the ability to communicate with students outside the building during emergency situations such as bad weather.”
• Bollinger informed the board that only one milk bid had been received by the school district for next year; the same situation experienced by other area school districts. He explained that the company submitting the bid was the district’s current supplier and that it had always done a good job in the past. Bollinger added that the cost increase from last year was nominal and in line with inflation. The bid was approved by the board.
• The 2012-13 salary schedule for certified and classified staff presented by Dr. Desi Mayberry was approved by the board.
“What we proposed is something we believe is affordable and sustainable,” said Dr. Mayberry. “I met with the Salary Committee and they were also in favor of this recommendation.”
• The following consent agenda items were approved: Minutes, financial report, payment of bills and adjusting all line items in the FY2012 budget to actual expenditures for the year ending June 30, adopting the final FY2012 budget as the FY2013 budget, appointing Tammy Wadlow as the contact person for various federal programs and appointing Tim McCoy as contact person for PAT. Also, authorizing district administration to make all required and legally permissible fund transfers, establishment of Thursday, Aug. 9 as the date for the district’s tax rate hearing, authorizing the superintendent to pay July bills, adopting a board resolution to make full transfer to the capital projects fund and approval of the FY2012 bus route information.
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