The Exeter School Board approved many agenda items in order to move the school district forward for the 2014-15 year, at the district’s voting meeting Tuesday night.
After five readings each of both revised policy 220 and revised policy 913, the two policies were approved by the board.
Revised policy 220 concerns student expression as well as the distribution and posting of materials, while revised policy 913 pertains to requests from non-school organizations, groups, and individuals seeking to have students or staff participate in non-school sponsored activities, awards or scholarships.
The proposed final budgets for the food service department and capital project funds were also approved for 2014-15.
The board discussed the fact that the food service department budget, which was approved by a vote of 6-3, included a net loss of $133,242.
Schools can choose to combat potential loss by raising prices, but the Exeter school board prefer to take a loss than raise lunch prices.
“I believe we’re able to carry these losses without raising the prices of lunches.” said Joseph Staub, Board Member.
Board Treasurer, Patricia O’Brien-Pieja, asked whether training was necessary for all food service staff members rather than just one staff as required by law.
But Superintendent, Beverly Martin, responded that, “There is a food safety course and I would rather have every person in the cafeteria certified… It’s a good practice to have all staff trained even if it’s not by law. It’s in their best interest and the best interest of the students,” said Martin.
Also, although the capital project funds budget was approved by a vote of 8-1, those funds are only used for building improvements and do not include larger projects.
One of those larger projects is the Owatin Creek Elementary School for which the board approved a change to the the agreement to include additional services for the completion of the work..
The school district also plans to replace the building which houses buses, which the district has owned since 1972, according to Robert Quinter, Board President.
Kenneth Pitts, Director of Facilities, said a new building will allow for a safer environment for the mechanics, better cleaning of buses to operate in bad weather, and will give the transportation aspect of the district the capabilities to follow the rules of the road and the state, such as removing snow from buses.
The building process begins May 22 at 6 p.m., when a special meeting of the Exeter Township School Board will be held to conduct interviews with four architectural firms for services relating to the transportation center project.