The fiscal year 2019 budget for Palestine Unit 3 has been submitted to the state. Interim Superintendent Jo Campbell informed the school board at Monday night's meeting that last month's approved budget is now squared away.
This year's budget calls for projected revenues of more than $3.72 million, and expenditures of $3.65 million.
Two items were acted upon and approved by the board. These included the second reading of School Board Policy 5:330, Parent and Family Engagement, and the first reading of Policies 2:110, 2:140, 2:230, 4:20. The board also affirmed the readings of policies 5:180 and 6:340 as well.
One of the policies of note takes into account the amount of time meeting attendees have to speak with the board about particular topics. According to Campbell, a single visitor will be allowed 20 minutes to speak with the board about an issue or topic of concern.
Another policy gives the district the authority to require ill employees to be seen by a licensed physician.
Principals Tangi Waldrop and Jessica Sisil gave a positive review for board member and Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing for his efforts in guiding the district's students through an active shooter drill last week. Waldrop said an air horn was used for the simulation and the students were attentive and took the drill seriously.
"Thanks to the chief we were very prepared," Waldrop said.
Waldrop announced that the school's annual Veteran's Day Program will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at Palestine High School. The program will include students from both schools, and is being led by the PHS history club.
Both schools recently wrapped up parent-teacher conferences and were able to reach all parents, with a wide majority following through with appointments. Honor rolls and grade cards have already been sent out.
In her report, Grade School Principal Jessica Sisil announced that a special event will take place next week for the district.
"Red Ribbon week is next week for both schools," Sisil said. "We will also have a Halloween parade on October 31 led by Chief Besing.
The parade will be followed by the fly-in of air-evac helicopter, which is expected to land at 1:45 p.m. The school is also expected to receive a donation from the Palestine Lions Club for a preschool program.
Following a closed session Drew York was named the 5th/6th grade cheerleading sponsor. Meanwhile Caleb Will was hired for the position of high school girls assistant basketball coach. A letter of resignation from Todd M. Bates for the position of school custodian was accepted. Approval was given to post the opening for this position.