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CWC Board approves new after-school program

The Carmi-White County Unit 5 School Board met Tuesday night due to the holiday on Monday.

The Board at its monthly administrator’s meeting discussed establishing after-school opportunities for K-6 students. They decided to pilot a program for one hour a day for one or two days a week for the remainder of this school year. The cost could range from $5,000 to $7,000 depending on the number of students and aides. Dr. Amy Dixon said there would be about ten students per teacher. Transportation and snacks will be provided for those students who are eligible. They possibly could partner with a local agency and/or receive funding from donors. They’ll try it for a while and expand the program if it’s successful.

They decided to name First Bank of Carmi as the permanent depository for school funds beginning on July 1st.

Superintendent Brad Lee said the District will start receiving Pre-K funding shortly. He said the state now only owes the District $108,000.

In the Superintendent’s report, Lee congratulated the high school WYSE team on their second place finish in regional competition at SIC in Harrisburg. They will advance to sectionals on March 14th at SIU Carbondale.

At the half-day in-service February 16th, the Science and Technology Committees met to discuss curriculum needs and the remainder of the staff met in grade level teams for curriculum review.

So far, four emergency days have been used this school year. If no more are used, the last student attendance day would be May 23rd and the last day for staff would be May 24th.

In other business, three busses were declared surplus property for possible sale.

28 Board policies were adopted as amended.

The board accepted the resignations of Ryse Brinkley as a Special Education Individual Aid at Washington school effective at the end of this school year, Cindy Colman as high school assistant softball coach effective immediately and Tracey Steed as high school girl’s head basketball coach at the end of this year’s coaching duties

They also accepted the retirement of Tamara Park as junior high school secretary and junior high school guidance secretary effective this past February 9th, and accepted $1,000 in donations to the Brownsville school.

The Board went into closed session at 7:14 p.m.

In the closed session, the Board approved the employment of Will Knight as the assistant high school baseball coach, Beth Hart as the assistant high school softball coach, and approved Thys Bax as a volunteer assistant high school girls track coach.