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Perry Central nets trio of grants

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Elementary student council stays busy with penny wars

By Vince Luecke

LEOPOLD – Meeting at the end of a day that saw classes called off due to snow and ice, members of the Perry Central Community School Board received two grants and learned of a third last Monday.

Funds come from the Perry County Community Foundation and the Edgar and Lucile Schergens Foundation.

A December News story reported two grants to Perry Central, $1,575 to purchase two frequency-modulation systems and receivers that will aid students with hearing impairments. Another $3,380 grant will be used to support a drama production for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The stage production will be organized by students taking part in Perry Central's Lights On After-School Program.

"We're here for the long-term future of Perry County," foundation director Sally Houzanme told the board as she passed out packets sharing information about the foundation, which uses income from endowed funds to make annual grants.

Grants were announced last month but Houzanme has been delivering checks in person and talking up the foundation's work.

Superintendent Mary Roberson announced a $6,100 grant from the Schergens Foundation to purchase nonfiction books for school libraries.

Student Council

Elementary student council members Emily Davis and Grace James joined staff sponsor Jamie Guillaume in updating the board on news of the group's activities, including a penny war that raised money for a piece of playground equipment.

"It's nice to help make decisions," Davis said of the consensus the group reached in using the $1,200 it raised for what she described as an inclined monkey bars that will have students racing to reach the top of a ladder and ring a bell. "Two people can use it at a time. We liked that," James added.

The student council also hosted a dance for fifth- and sixth-graders and is working on a walk-a-thon to raise money for library books.

Personnel

The board approved the resignation of Connie Mowery as an instructional assistant and maternity leave for Amber Hubert. Ashley Meyer will serve as temporary teacher to help cover the leave with Heather Alvey hired as a temporary assistant for Meyer's position.

Hannah Walsh was hired as a child-care provider for the Even Start program while Clara Whitehouse was hired as an instructional assistant.

Field Trips

Excursions approved by the board Monday included second-graders' visit to Abraham Lincoln memorial sites in Spencer County May 14 and Perry Central FFA members' participation in livestock, horse and pony and leadership events in coming months. They'll also attend next month's National Farm Machinery Show and June's state convention.

New Service Truck

The board OK'd the purchase of a $42,300 service truck from Sternberg Chrysler in Jasper.

 Roberson said the vehicle would be used to service school buses away from the school. "They're rare but breakdowns do occur," she said. The truck, whose purchase price includes a bed, would carry tools and spare parts. Money will come from the school's transportation fund.

The board's next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16.