Slater schools benefit from gifts

Friday, September 3, 2010

Slater Superintendent of Schools John McEachern had good news and bad news for the Slater School board members during the board meeting held at noon on Friday, Sept. 3.

He told the board that during the first part of construction for the new Early Childhood Center, contractors had to dig down "35 inches to soil that is suitable for building upon," on the southern side of site. That is deeper than was covered in the contract, although in some areas it will still be less.

"I had to sign an order yesterday to provide for the time and amount of materials to get everything to grade where it should be. Some areas it will be less, some areas it will be more," he said adding, that they had been aware that some problems may crop up in construction. Barring any unforseeable circumstances, the slab for the building should be done within 2 to 3 weeks.

The "good news" was that the Slater PTO was offering a gift of new landscaping for an area in front of the elementary school.

"They would do all the labor, put all the plants in and everything for us," he said.

The board approved to accept the gift unanimously. "We really appreciate it," said board president Rick Hays.

Other good news also involved a gift to the school, this time from WalMart, which presented 11, $100 gift cards to teachers in the elementary to use for classroom supplies. The teachers were also presented flowers and a sheet cake during a school assembly, McEachern said, adding that the kids really "enjoyed" the presentation. The Slater district was apparently picked at random for the gift. The board also approved accepting that gift, thanking WalMart for their generosity.

In order to clear up confusion in some printed materials, the board agreed to set school meal prices at $1.25 for all breakfasts; $1.60 for student lunches through 5th grade; $1.85 for 6th-12th grades lunches and $2.35 for adult lunches. The salad bar prices were set at $1.85 for 6th-12th graders and $2.35 for adults.

The board also voted to pay $1,850 yearly tuition to the Saline County Career Center for each of six students who attend the school in Marshall.

The Pink Purse Society is offering a $50 reward to find the speakers they donated to the school which are now missing from the press box at the football field. The press box was broken into and egged last week, according to McEachern. For the next few games, speakers will have to be rented from Vox Box of Marshall for $40 each day. He said the Slater Police Department is looking into the matter.

A surprise Highway Patrol inspection of the school's busses went well last week, McEachern reported, with the only "dings" on the report being a safety sticker missing off in the inside of one bus and a smaller-than-required fire extinguisher in another. The problems have been fixed and should be fine when the followup inspection takes place in two weeks, according to McEachern. One bus was in route to Marshall during the inspection, so it will be checked over during the follow-up visit.

The board adjourned into executive session where they approved the hiring of Jeanice Boston as a cook; Stacy Harry as Early Childhood aide and Chris Audsley as junior high girls basketball coach.

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