NORTH MANCHESTER – This school year is rapidly  coming to an end this week, but the Manchester School Board met Tuesday evening to discuss some issues before heading into summer.
Amy Lewis took the floor first to discuss the advantages of the PTO Scrip Shopping Cart Fundraiser. She said parents and guardians use the enrollment code to order gift cards for apparel, department stores and dining. The PTO earns money from these orders that they use for field trips, Camp Crosley and the library fund.
“We use that money to enrich the entire grade level in an activity that all the students are involved in,” Lewis said.
The Scrip Program allows the PTO to share the benefits with parents and students by allowing them to use up to 50 percent of the proceeds toward their book fees and lunch accounts.
Superintendent Dr. Bill Reichhart agreed there are benefits to the Scrip program.
“I think one benefit is that we’re not selling overpriced items,” Reichhart said. “I don’t see why more parents don’t participate.”
The 2014 Scrip order dates include June 9, June 16, July 21 and August 4.
School Nurse Mary Hire took the floor next to describe her “busy” year. One thing that stood out to Hire this year was diabetes. She said that she went eight years without anyone having diabetes, to having three students with diabetes this year.
“Even though students get educated at the doctor’s office, it is nice having a school nurse who also is educated,” Hire said. “I continuously educate and keep (parents and students) on task with their diet and what they need to do.”
Updating the 504 Policy was another issue brought to the school board’s attention. Reichhart said he wants to make sure students receive the accommodations they need. There will be a motion for this policy at the next board meeting.
As promised, there was a celebration for the elementary students to reward them for surpassing their reading goal. Principal Randy Self announced that instead of reading 1,800 books, the 4-6 graders read more than 2,300. As a result, Self, the staff and students spent the day dancing, bouncing in inflatables and then taping Self to a wall.
“The kids had a great time,” Self said. “They have been so excited about reading.”
Friday will be the last day of school, following awards day on Thursday.
High School Principal Nancy Alspaugh concluded the meeting Tuesday evening.
“Where else could you work and have so much fun,” Alspaugh said.