A new vehicle purchase was approved by the Clintonville School Board at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.
The board also heard comments from student representatives regarding the new government-mandated school lunch menu requirements.
“The portion size is not enough,” said Ana Huber, the high school student representative. “The string cheese has been moldy. They are making students take fruits and vegetables, but it just gets thrown away. If you are scheduled for the second lunch period, they are sometimes out of food by the time you get there.”
Huber also stated she doesn’t drink the milk, and several other students are not happy with the milk either.
Superintendent Tom O’Toole said some students in other schools across the country have begun to boycott the school lunch program.
School board member Pat Schley said it was time for school board members to pay a visit to the schools and experience the lunch program for themselves.
The board later approved the purchase of a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan for a net price of $4,943 (purchase price of $18,568 minus trade-in value of the district’s car for $13,625). The orange seven-passenger van has 29,000 miles. Funding for this purchase will come from the district’s Fund Balance.
Clintonville Middle School Principal Tom Dechant reported to the board on the progress of the middle school Student Council, and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). He said both programs have been very successful so far, and a schedule of events is being compiled.
“The student council will help keep kids connected to the school and will allow their voices to come out as they take ownership of the school in a positive way,” said Dechant. “We were also able to recruit a number of parents for the PTO at registration. They have formed a board and are working to get the community more involved in the school. So far, the response has been very positive.”
Watch for a story on both the Student Council and the PTO in an upcoming issue of the County Post East.
The board went on to approve the following:
• ESP resignation of Laurel Jaecks from her Food Service II position at the middle school, effective immediately;
• A teacher overload for Erika Sween-8 percent for sixth class based on numbers;
• A teacher overload for Dean Dorn-8 percent for seventh class without preparation;
• An out-of-state student trip for the FFA students to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, from Oct. 24-27; and
• A number of revisions to Board Policy Series 3000 (1st reading).
The next school board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in the middle school IMC.