USD 408 preps for school year

Staff writer

Marion-Florence school board members learned Monday that when it comes to this year’s budget, delays in Topeka mean delays at home.

Superintendent Lee Leiker told members that because state decisions on school funding were late in coming, a proposed budget won’t be publicly discussed until a budget hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the district office. The board can then hear comment and approve or modify the budget.

New playground equipment for Marion Elementary School was also discussed among board members. The district also will pay a portion of the cost, as well as seek grants, Leiker said.

“The school district will be putting significant money toward the purchase of the new playground equipment for Marion Elementary School,” Leiker said. “This purchase will be considerably enhanced through the use of grants and the generous support of PAC, local businesses, and individuals who choose to make a donation. By working together to fund this project, the students of Marion will benefit greatly for many years to come.”

Elementary principal Justin Wasmuth said local businesses have donated and additional businesses will be approached.

In other matters, board members approved hiring Jennifer Roland and David Clark as bus drivers, approved applications from students out-of-district, and approved the use of a school bus for Art in the Park and Men’s Encounter.

Last modified Aug. 11, 2016

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