During the meeting, Gochenour, home on a 15-day leave, presented Superintendent John McEachern and the district with an American flag which was flown on Dec. 7, 2009, over Al Asad Airbase where he is stationed.
In new business, McEachern talked to the board about raising tuition for the students who come to the high school from area "sending" schools. Those schools include Orearville, Hardeman, Gilliam and at times Miami, he said.
He said that the current $3,750 tuition comes short of the approximately $5,300 it costs the district a year for the students' education. With 43 such students this year, he said that it cost the district approximately $62,000.
"Basically we're subsidizing those schools, educating their kids, by a substantial amount," he said. "I think it is our obligation to look at this very closely."
After some questions from the board, McEachern said he would find out what other schools are charging for tuition and have it available at the board's next budget workshop.
In other business, the board also voted to advertise for bids for a new air conditioning system for the school's library.
After adjourning, the board went into executive session where they accepted the retirement of Glenetta Burks, elementary custodian and the resignation of Chris Ferri, junior high basketball coach.
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