In accordance with state recommendations, the Cherokee School Board has increased the maximum amount the district can spend on a construction or equipment project without going to competitive bids.
The action taken at last week's meeting increases the maximum to $100,000. The previous maximum of $25,000 was in place for a number of years and was regarded as long overdue for updating. The previous maximum created delays and extra work for numerous small projects, particularly in larger districts where projects between $25,000 and $100,000 in cost are fairly routine.
The $100,000 maximum will be in place until 2011 and then will be adjusted annually by the state legislature.
The board approved a contract for Bev Goslar as prom sponsor for the 2008/09 fiscal year.
The board approved the Chronicle Times as the official newspaper, with a cost for publishing minutes and other legal notices at 39.1 cents per line.
The free summer lunch program has reportedly gotten high use this year, between 90 and 120 participants a day. The district is reimbursed through a federal program based on participation.
Last summer, the district had to subsidize the cost of operating the program. John Chalstrom, superintendent, told the school board last week that after the summer, the district will need to evaluate whether to continue the program next year or discontinue it for financial reasons.