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St. Louis school news

The St. Louis Board of Education had a rather short meeting on Monday; 35 minutes to be exact. Here is a rundown of what happened.

Contract extension

The board voted 7-0 to extend all non-union contracts by one year. Beneficiaries of this extension are Scott Hemker (athletic director), Jennifer McKittrick (HS principal), Shane Brooks (middle school principal), Eugene Binder (Nikkari principal), Stephanie Binder (Carrie Knause principal), Cliff Gamber (mechanic), Ernie Teall (director of facilities and transportation), Lori Hale  and Diann Woodcock (superintendent secretaries). All of their contracts now expire in June of 2020.

Upcoming events

March 26-30  Spring Break

April 24  National Honor Society Inductions

April 30  Top Ten Tea

April 29   4 year athletic banquet

May 14  Evening of Excellence (seniors only)

May 24  Graduation 7 p.m.

Additions and subtractions

The board approved the hiring of Sheila K. Saurman and Roxanne M. Morey as boys and girls track coaches for Nurnberger Middle School.

The board also accepted the resignation of eighth grade volleyball coach Brooke Tubbs.

Woodworking program

Superintendent Kristi Teall announced that an after-school woodworking program designed to help at-risk students has been operating for two weeks under the command of paraprofessional Phil Maxwell.

Nineteen students are participating. They are making wooden toys to be given away at the next Christmas parade.

Asked if the program will ever be offered to all students, Teall said in an email: “We are starting small and focusing on kids that are at-risk of failing right now. Our goal would be to eventually see this program grow so it could be open to more students.”

The Gratiot Community Foundation helped make the program possible with a grant of $6,610.

Grants received

That wasn’t the only grant that St. Louis Schools received from the Gratiot Community Foundation. Erin Busch-Grabmeyer received a grant to offset part of the cost for a trip to Stratford, Canada. Terri Reeves received a grant to take students to the Holocaust Museum.  And the district’s sixth grade teachers received a grant to help send students to camp who may not be able to otherwise afford the cost of going.

Successful fundraiser

Board Treasurer Carrie Salladay announced that the St. Louis Sharks Technology Foundation’s annual fundraising banquet was a success, raising $19,000 through tickets sales (120 at $30 each) and the sale of silent auction items.

The money will be used to buy technology upgrades for St. Louis schools.

The date for next year’s fundraiser is March 9.

Attendance

All board members (Jeff Baxter, Don Kelley, Greg Walterhouse, Carrie Beeson, Carrie Salladay, John Pavlik and Kelly Bebow) were present.

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