Clarion-Limestone School Board Approves Pre-K Program

Jolene-Priest-and-Robin-Henry-1024x576STRATTANVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – While teachers and parents have to wait to see who the new superintendent is, there was plenty of other business voted upon by eight of nine directors as Molly Greenawalt was not present.

(Pictured above: Jolene Priest, Clarion-Limestone Pre-K teacher, and parent Robin Henry are happy the school board approved renewing the Pre-K program.)

The school district’s Pre-K program was approved unanimously.

Robin Henry, a teacher in the Clarion Area School District and a parent of a child who is in the Pre-K program at C-L, spoke with passion before the vote that the board should continue it.

“It’s done wonders for my child,” Henry said. “His growth socially and academically has been amazing.”

“I know funding is an issue, but I believe the board should be looking at expanding it, not disbanding it.”

“Moms have to work, dads have to work, the kids just get put whereever.”

“As a taxpayer, I wouldn’t be very happy if it were eliminated.”

The board also voted to approve the following:

– Renewing the School Resource Officer Agreement with the Clarion County Sheriff’s Office for three years, beginning July 1, 2017 through June 20, 2020.

– Approved the 2017-18 Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 general operating budget of $1,287,075.00, an increase of about $55,000.00 from 2016-17. C-L’s estimated contribution is $12,850.00, about the same as last year.

– Approved the 2017-18 Clarion County Career Center total budget for $3,564,297.00, an increase of about $8,000.00. C-L’s share is $302,295.00, a decrease of about $10,000.00 from last year.

– Approved the renewal of the school food service management agreement with Nutrition, Inc. from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 at a loss of $12,222.92.

The projected loss for the 2016-17 year was $3,393.74, but Business Manager Brenda Reitz pointed out that a profit is actually being projected at this point with a little more than two months remaining in the school year.

The board also authorized the participating in the National School Lunch program for 2017-18.

School breakfast, lunch, and milk prices were also approved with no price increases.

For breakfast, students pay $1.25 and adults $1.65; for lunch, students $2.00, high school regular lunch is $2.25 and adults pay $3.10. Milk is $0.60.

Ala Carte prices for lunch will be determined by the food management service company.

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