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Richland School Board September 18th Meeting

There are less students in the Richland School District than first thought. Richland School District Administrator Jarred Burke reported to the Richland School District Board of Education on the evening of September 18th. The estimated overall district enrollment for the first week of classes in the district is down 74 students from the estimated enrollment of 1,277.

Estimates are based on the number of students from the previous year and the number of 4K students anticipated throughout the district. The official count will be available at the next meeting after the third Friday count is done.

At its meeting last night the board approved a consent agenda which included: temporary borrowing in an amount not to exceed $2,300,000; the elimination of the Lincoln part time early childhood aide position; the administrative transfer of a special education aide from Jefferson to Doudna; bid specifications and timeline for a seven passenger van for the special education department with the IDEAS Flow Through Grant; and the LP gas bid specifications and timeline for Rockbridge Elementary School with New Horizons.

District principals and lead staff members reported that the school year has started out with great students, staff, and schools. Students and staff have adjusted to building modifications and parents are adjusting to new drop off patterns to enhance safety of students and staff. Each of the buildings also had strong support in collecting items to send to Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Richland FIT thanked the school board for its support of the Farm to School program, which has allowed healthier food choices for students. Richland FIT will be conducting a health survey later this school year to measure the progress and enhance the program.

Following the closed session when the Richland School District Board of Education reconvened in open session it approved for the 2017-18 school year: Laura Kauffman as High School Cross Categorical Teacher, Ashlee Davis as Grade 9 Class Advisor, and Brian Brown as Middle School Assistant Football Coach.