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The Brussels’ school board met last week and there were alot of topics discussed at the meeting. One of the main discussions at the meeting was this year’s school budget.
“After going through the budget and presenting it to the board I found out we are in good shape,” Dr. Mark Martin, Superintendent of district #42, said. “Although there have been some issues with the prices of food. It seems there has been an inflation to the cafeteria food because there hasn’t been enough trucks available for food deliveries.”
Martin mentioned though they have worked with bookkeeping to look over where the budget is causing the need for more money and the bookkeeping has found they are in good shape even if there is a surplus going on.
The budget will fluctuate according to student population and as the school years progress. “We have received help from ESSER grants one and two to help buy the things our students and faculty need for education. For example it has given us freedom and helped the district purchase new Chromebooks,” Martin said.
During the board meeting Martin had a chance to recognize the CES students artwork from their participation in the fair.
He said, “ I just want to thank the teachers who encouraged and guided them for their creativity.”
Martin said during the visitor’s section of the meeting questions were raised about the Halloween Trunk or Treat. “People were wanting to make sure it was still going to happen this year. Questions were raised because of the COVID uptick,” Martin said.
Martin also said they have found out there is a leak in the gym roof and it has the potential to ruin the new gym floor that the school installed last year.
“We had our shop teacher pinpoint where the leak was coming from and then contacted our insurance. The insurance representive explained it will all be covered under the school’s insurance,” Martin said. “We are grateful that we could get the roof repaired because we don’t want water damage on the new gym floor.”
Martin said that homecoming will be held outside this year and, as a result, the students will not have to wear a mask. He said they have not made a backup plan if it rains.
The Coop program we have been proposing to district 40 has been approved by the board.
“Pat Simon, who is one of our board members, drew up a proposal and shared the proposal with Superintendent Andrea Lee. We are just waiting for an answer back from them.”
The board also agreed and approved a bump up to their food cost budget.
“This should help prevent a defecit to the kitchen accounts and Cindy Coonis will be able to control or adjust the number of items bought in the cafeteria.” Martin said.
The Brussels’ school board also approved the update to the school bully policy.
“Every couple of years we have to make changes to this policy as new issues come around about bullying in schools,” Martin said. “We adjourned the meeting at 8:48 p.m. for a closed session and came back and the meeting ended around 9:15 p.m.”