The Palestine Unit 3 school board continues to make cuts this month, and has approved looking into working-cash bonds for the future.
Following recommendations from Superintendent Joe Sornberger, the Unit 3 board Monday night honorably dismissed custodian John Phillips, cook Renee Campbell, and Wanda Shields, assistant to the transportation director. The board reduced school nurse Melissa Williams to three-quarter time.
As done each year, aides are released at the end of the school year and may be rehired next fall pending needs of the district. Released were Bill Aten, Dessie Carr, Lori Ham, Jamie Lowe, Pam McCord, Erin Reinbold, Linda Rich, Miranda Waddell, Carol Watts and Kathy Wesley.
The board also made cuts to several extracurricular activities. Reduced for the 2013-14 school year will be junior-high baseball, softball and cheerleading. High-school golf and track will also be reduced.
Mark Riggs asked the board about continuing these sports if money, transportation and volunteers could be found. After some discussion the board decided it would still need to officially cut the programs, but if money could be raised in time to coordinate the sport it may be possible, but full funding needs to be in place before starting. It was also noted that students interested in high-school golf or track could participate on an individual basis, which could be coordinated through the athletic director.
The Young Authors activity will also be cut.
The board said goodbye to long-serving board member Jim Bush and set a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, April 29, to seat the new board members. Bush was beaten out by Matt McCoy for the board seat in the April 9 election.
In other business, the board directed Sornberger to begin work on the 2013-14 budget.
The board also approved a resolution declaring the intention to issue working cash fund bonds in the amount of $550,000.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, May 20.