New board member added to Malta Bend Board of Education

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Malta Bend Board of Education approved the addition of a new board member and multiple fund raising applications at the meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Larry Surber was approved to fill the empty seat on the board.

The fundraiser application for the group of students going on a trip to Europe included a long list of events from selling Krispy Kreme Donuts to a scrap metal drive.

The board members' only concern was that the group might step on another organizations toes with their extensive list of fundraisers.

The preschool will have two fundraisers. They are selling Pampered Chef items and picking and selling pecans.

"We are teaching the children that if they work for money then they get to help spend it," preschool teacher Lora Kiehl said.

She said they spend ten minutes a day picking up pecans from the trees on school grounds and the kids love it. Three pound bags will be sold for $5.

A bid by JJ's Electric was accepted for electrical work in the IT room.

"Our IT room is overloaded and with the addition of technology and some programs that take a whole lot more bandwidth. We have had to upgrade bandwidth and due to that we need more amps," Superintendent Chuck Marcum said.

Extra duty pay for the football and volleyball coaches was approved.

The paying of bills, past minutes and the audit report were all approved.

The senior citizen Thanksgiving dinner was Thursday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the school.

The Christmas program and an art show will be on Dec. 13.

The senior class fundraiser volleyball tournament will be Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Cost is $35 per team.

The board then went into closed session to discuss personnel matters. The next meeting will be Dec. 12.

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