The Malta Bend Board of Education approved fundraising for the sophomore and senior class trips and an educational trip to Europe at the meeting Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The sophomore class will be selling baked goods at the schools Thanksgiving and Christmas events. The senior class will host a co-ed volleyball tournament at some point during the school year, the idea of which was met with enthusiasm from the board.
"About time!" board president Scott Moore said. "I've always wanted to do the teachers against the kids, board against the teachers, board against the kids. That way the kids can say 'Yeah! We got one up on them.' as we're walking around with our canes."
A group of about six to twelve students have signed up to go on a 15-day trip to Italy. Students must be in good standing academically and behaviorally to be considered to participate. Superintendant Chuck Marcum said he was in support of sponsoring the trip.
"There would be very strict guidelines, I think, expectations, so on and so forth. It is school sponsored so they could receive school credit for it," Marcum said. He went on to say that other schools in the area sponsor similar trips and that it would be the chance of a lifetime for some students.
A rundown of upcoming events at the school was reviewed, including the upcoming Halloween parade, Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m.; Veterans' Day programs, Thursday, Nov. 8; and next week is National School Lunch week. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to come eat with their students.
"My first one was last year. I giggled the whole time I walked around with those little ones, they [were] fun," Marcum said. "They're always fun. Just listening to them talk is fun, sometimes [watching them] walk."
The board also approved a new milk bid, switching providers to Springfield Grocer. Springfield provides a lot of the schools food service items, according to Marcum. He also noted Springfield delivers twice a week and would save the school approximately $1,300 over the duration of the school year.
In addition, the board reviewed the library media program evaluation, discussing possible changes to the library. The library was last renovated in 1996. Possible suggestions for improvement were new carpeting and paint and transferring the education videotapes to DVD's.
The audit report was handed out before the meeting, but put on the back burner until the next meeting. Marcum said the only reason he suggested they postpone reviewing the audit was so the board would have more time to go over the packet.
Norvelle Brown, northern commissioner of Saline County, was in attendance to present information on the Use Tax to the board.
After regular session, board members went into closed session.
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