In response to increased fuel prices, the Cherokee School Board approved an increase of five cents in the per-mile reimbursement for travel.
The action by the Cherokee School Board echoes the action by the state government in its reimbursement policy for state employees.
The reimbursement from the Cherokee District goes from 29 cents per mile to 34 cents per mile.
There is a secondary reimbursement rate for people who, for whatever reason, choose to use a personal vehicle for travel even when a school vehicle is available. This was also increased by five cents a mile, going from 20 to 25 cents per mile.
The board approved a trip by band and chorus students to Colorado, immediately following the last day of school in May.
Paul McEntaffer, band director, said that the cost per student of $320 was reasonable. This includes the bus transportation, staying at the YMCA in the Rockies along with meals and activities there, a visit to Six Flags, white water rafting, a visit to the Denver mint, a music clinic and a concert.
Students have already started fund raising activities.
The board approved the resignation of the eighth grade volleyball coaching contract of Dan Kratz, effective at the end of the current season.
It was reported that the new gym floor at Roosevelt Elementary School has been completed and meets the approval of Barb Radke, elementary principal, and Dave Moore, buildings and grounds supervisor.
The board approved making an application to start the next school year before Aug. 30, as required by state law, an action taken every year in the Cherokee District as well as most other school districts. Although the specific start date has not been determined, the request for an early start waiver is routinely made and routinely approved.
The board also approved applications to the School Budget Review Committee to be allowed to levy for funding to cover shortfalls in the at-risk budget, special education budget and limited English proficient programs. as well as for new open enrollment students. These are routine requests.