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NCOE School Board holds January meeting

The NCOE Board of Education held a short meeting last evening in the Superintendent’s office.  The minutes and bills for the month were approved as presented.

In the treasurer’s report, Mr. Vollman told the board that some money had been received for transportation and special education funds at the end of December.  At the present time the General State Aid is being paid, but administrators never know when that might stop.  The current projected time for a state budget is after the November election.

Vollman also said that the district had been granted a 90-day extension to complete the final phase of the Maintenance Grant from last year.  The grant is for HVAC systems to be installed at the High School and should be completed in the spring.

Attendance was 94 percent at each of the schools for December.  The second semester is underway and activities are plentiful.  Grade School basketball Regionals will begin Jan. 25 at Gallatin County.  And the grade school volleyball season will begin Feb. 1 with a home game.

Mrs. Sharla Barton and Mrs. Heather Smith have been awarded a $1,000 Touchstone Energy Empowerment Grant from Southeastern Illinois Electric Cooperative.  They are continuing to purchase Ipads and covers for the NCO third  grade.

Booth Student Council sponsor Mrs. Stevey Ukena will be holding a 5K walk/run called “Bookin’ It for Books” to raise funds for the Booth library.  More information will be coming about this event.

On Friday Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Jan 23 at 3 p.m. the play “Tea & Arsenic” will be performed at the NCOE auditorium.  Also, on Saturday evening the FFA Alumni will hold their dinner and auction at Booth.

On February 4 a blood drive will be held at the high school. And later in February will be Homecoming.  The game, which will also be Senior Recognition Night, will be  on the 12th and the dance on Saturday evening in the gymnasium.

The Board voted to approve Dr. Cliff Karnes to continue serving as the sponsor of the Senior trip to Washington D.C. and Hershey Park May 9-14.  The group will leave NCOE at 11 p.m. Monday May 9 and arrive in D. C. at 3 p.m. Tuesday.  While there the group will tour Arlington National Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, the Smithsonian, the Memorials, and the U.S. Capitol.  On Friday they will head to Hershey, PA for a fun day at the Park before departing for home and arriving at approximately 7 a.m. on Saturday.

The Board approved the firm bid for gasoline and diesel products from Wabash Valley.  Gasoline and diesel will both be $1.40 through January 31, 2017.

The second reading of Board policies were read and approved.

The Board granted an FMLA leave to Mary Pool from March 21 through the end of the school year.

The next meeting will be February 17.

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