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. Pay .What? By Mike Lakin During the February school board meeting an issue came up " concerning Elkhart Road when it snows. The school district has had disctissions with the county about salting Elkhart Road when there is more than a dust- D  ing of snow. The county said if P, the school district will pay $500 p each time the county salts the t Elkhart Road the county would o be real willing to do that. Not = being seen as part of the school district budget, or obligation, there will be further discussions with the county board. Elkhart Road is not a secondary county road and does carry a great deal of traffic and it was a surprise to hear that there was a ques- tion about whether or not the road would be salted. Of course the concern on the part of the school board is that this is a major road traveled hy school buses in inclement weather. Serving Breakfast The school district now has k over 40% of its studentsxeceiv- ing either free or reduced cost lunches. This was a threshold met and requires He district to begin serving breakfast for all students of the school district. The cost of breakfast is based upon the same standards used to determine free and reduced lunches. The district will not be serving a hot meal breakfast but will be serving easily provided breakfast type foods. In Other Business - The district's share of the 1% sales tax for the County totaled $23,238. Superintendent Todd Hamm said this was a "high receipt" for the district. This was for the October share of the sales tax and does not reflect the expected lower sales tax share to come - due to the lower price of gasoline that took place for a couple of months. The estimated best three months of student attendance in the district gave a total stu- dent population of 496.85 stu- dents. This reflects a 28-student increase over last year. Senior class trip will be May 5 to St. Louis. One of the high- lights will be attending the baseball game that, according to your orientation, is either a Cubs versus Cardinals or Cardi- nals versus Cubs. A bent axle on a school bus became a question of who did it. Was it a failure of the product or was there something that hap- pened during the operation of the bus. The compromise was that the bus leasing company and the school district split the cost with the school district paying $414 towards the repair. The linoleum floor in the back office at the bus barn has asbes- tos in it. It was recommended to seal it by wa'ng it. Depend- ing on how Well this settles the asbestos ,problem, the district may tile the floor to further encapsulate the asbestos. The board discussed the city water rate increase. It was noted that since the district uses over 5000 gallons of water during a month, the rate would be higher than its current level. Representatives of the ReLight Corporation met with represeotatives of the sool district?It- Wasdesiild as an information meeting concern- ing the goals of the district and what types of things district needs in the future. It was men- tioned that the representatives were in the area for five to seven days. Graduation dates have been set. Grade school graduation will be May 22 at 7 PM. High school graduation will be May 23 at 4 PM. Revisions and updates have been made to school policy to address cyber-buJlying. Policy on using the high school lunchroom - cafeteria is being updated. While the caf- eteria is certainly a place that the community can use for cer- tain functions, any food being served requires a food handlers' license. The update will clarify the use of the facility by the public. A total of 14 high school stu- dents will be going to Washing- ton DC on the trip they been working on for some time; they leave March 14. Donna Dulle was hired as iunior-senior high volleyball coach for 2015-16. On the board vote, Mike Toohey was absent - Jeff Beccue and Bill Rucks voted no. The Monday March 16 School Board meeting will be Researchers found traces of Bubonic Plague in the New York City sub.way system. Federal report says there is no in the high school lunchroom- link between marijuana and car cafeteria at 7pm. During the crashes. meeting, there will be a tour of Samsung admits its smart TVs can the high school for members of eavesdrop on conversations that the public, can be shared with a third party. Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial Marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank@ solves that problem. 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