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Cedarville schools OK’s recycling program

Cedarville School Board members have voted in new officers and approved a recycling program for the school district.

Board members approved a new recycling program for the school district during their October monthly meeting, said Superintendent Dan Foreman.

Set to begin after the start of the 2014 school year, the new program will have recycling bins set at each of the three schools - elementary, middle and high school, Foreman said.

Students, staff and community residents can use the bins to recycle paper, plastic, aluminum and cardboard, he said.

GREENSource Recycling, which also services the programs at Van Buren and Alma school districts, will pick up the bins to be taken to their facility in Clarksville.

Also during the Oct. 24 meeting, board members assigned new officers. President is Audie Murphy, vice president is Robert Neal and secretary is Jerry Kennedy.

A Visa debit card with the logo and name of Cedarville School District soon will be available to residents, Foreman said. The card must be acquired through Citizens Bank & Trust Company, he said.

Board members approved the employer contribution to the employee health insurance. The contribution is set on a graduated scale, with the minimum contribution being $150, Foreman said.

Also approved was one of three proposed designs for a concession stand at the baseball field. The design includes not only the concession but also storage and restrooms.

Foreman said they are hoping to have it built and ready in time for the first game of the season.

A change order for extra floor drains to be included in the saferoom kitchen addition were approved. The drains are needed to accommodate the installation of a hand washing sink and three-compartment dish washing sink, Foreman said.

Cost for the additional drains will be $4,464.

A special board meeting was held Oct. 1 to set the construction budget for the school-based health clinic.

Costs for the renovation of the east wing of the old elementary school into the clinic are estimated at $314,749, Foreman said. The clinic will have spaces for physicians to provide primary, dental, eye, and mental health care and occupational therapy.

At the Sept. 26 board meeting, several retirements were announced, including that of the elementary school principal, Phillis Dickinson.

Dickinsin has been with the school district as elementary principal for six years, and will retire Dec. 21 in order to take care of family.

Also retiring June 30 are teaching assistant Barbra Cole and cafeteria worker Anglus Henson.

During the September meeting, board members accepted the resignation of Mark Bradford from his position as part-time social studies teacher. Ronald Martin was hired as a full-time bus mechanic.

Board members also approved an aerial topographic survey of CSD property to be used as a reference for future construction projects, Foreman said. The cost of the survey is $13,500.