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Busy Meeting for Carmi White County School Board


Building administrators provided an update on the district’s student after-school program that began in April of last year for students in grades K through 8. Dr. Amy Dixon, principal of the Jefferson and Lincoln Attendance Centers, said there are ten students per grade and the extra assistance in their studies have helped a lot and the transportation the district provides to the students is also an important factor. Washington Attendance Center Principal Amy Atteberry said there are 34 students total at the three grade levels with one teacher for each level. She noted that a lot of those students don’t have internet access at home, so having it available to them at school is helpful And Junior High Principal Bart King said the 7th and 8th grades each have eight to ten students with one teacher for each grade. He said providing a quiet and stress-free environment is important. Superintendent Brad Lee noted that the district has received $8,000 in donations to help fund the program this year. The after-school program meets each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from about 3 to 4:15 PM.

In the superintendent’s report Lee said there would be a special meeting held on Monday, March 4th at 5:30 PM at the Jefferson Attendance Center new building for the bond council to discuss funding options for building a new school or renovating existing elementary buildings.

Three emergency days have been used this school year. If no more are used, the last student attendance day would be May 21st and the last day for staff would be May 22nd.

Thursday February 7th, floor drains in the Jefferson School cafeteria backed up, resulting in flooding to the kitchen and cafeteria. Personnel made adjustments to breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday. Hopefully, repair work should be done by spring break.

Lee also congratulated the nine members of the High School WYSE team on their first place finish in regional competition at SIC. They will advance to the semi-finals on March 13th at SIU-Carbondale.

And Lee said January was a good month for revenue, with the district taking in about $1.95 million, which includes monies from local taxes and the one percent sales tax..

In other business, the board approved renewing the three year contract with Bushue Human Resources for human resource support and insurance consulting service at a total cost of $21,960.

They accepted the resignations of Lee Ann Draper as eighth grade teacher at the Junior High School effective at the end of this school year and Lisa Yates as early childhood classroom aide at Lincoln School effective February Eighth.

And they scheduled the junior high completion ceremony for Thursday, May 16th at 1 PM; high school graduation for Tuesday May 14th at 7 PM and Baccalaureate for Sunday May 5th in the high school auditorium.

The board went into closed session at 7:23 PM to discuss personnel.