Board member Bobette Steele was sworn in and welcomed by board vice chairman Linda Grace, when the meeting returned to open session at 7:51 p.m.
Unit One Superintendent Dennis Smith gave kudos to District Treasurer Debbie McCabe for compiling numbers for the 2014-2015 budget. Under new business, the board approved a motion placing the district’s tentative $19.6 million budget on public display for 30 days.
Smith passed out current class size and enrollment figures for the attendance centers, indicating a total enrollment of 2150. A breakdown by school is:
• Brookport: 177
• Metropolis Elementary: 531
• Franklin: 198
• Jefferson: 134
• Unity: 157
• Massac Junior High: 332
• Massac County High School: 621
Smith said some oil and chip work is being done at the parking lots at Unity, Jefferson and Franklin. Board member Larry Sommer asked if the board could get an estimate on how much money it would take to pave the grassy section in front of Franklin School.
The board’s agenda included an item to consider allowing home schooled students to participate in extra curricular activities, but no motion was made and the item failed for lack of a motion.
The board also held a brief public hearing concerning the waiver of President’s Day. The district submitted a proposed calendar for next year and has Lincoln’s birthday as an attendance day, but the waiver on file for Massac expired at the end of 2013-14 school year.
There was no discussion regarding the waiver and it was passed unanimously. As long as the waiver has been approved before Lincoln’s birthday, the district can be in session on the holiday.
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