By Ken Ross
The Cherokee School Board denied two requests for early retirement made at the Monday meeting, unless suitable replacements can be found.
Both Dianne Mulford, high school Family and Consumer Science teacher, and Pam Hughes, high school science teacher, requested to take early retirement at the conclusion of the first semester of the next school year.
Board members expressed concern about the ability to fill positions starting in the middle of the school year. The board indicated that one or both retirements would be approved if one or both positions could be filled.
The board approved advertising to hire a one-on-one aid for a special education student at the Early Childhood Learning Center. The child is in the category of highest weighting for purposes of per-pupil aid. Those who have performed this service in the past for the district are currently unavailable.
The board approved a three-year contract for auditing services from Bruce D. Frink of Clarion, the district's current auditor. The service will be $4,250 for the year ending June 30, 2005; $4,500 for the year ending June 30, 2006; and $4,750 for the year ending June 30, 2007.
The board approved an out of state travel request for students in HUB, a food service student organization at the high school. The organization plans to travel to Chicago, a change from previous plans to go to Minneapolis.