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WBCH offers this space to area school superintendents to highlight activities in their districts. This post is from Hastings Area School System Superintendent Carrie Duits:


The Hastings Board of Education heard how the Barry Career Access Network benefitted students at its semiannual organizational meeting. Many community leaders and employers support BCAN with time, talent and resources with a goal to increase the number of students with post-high school degrees or certificates. The program, working through a BCAN grant with matching local dollars, is making a measurable difference for students, the board heard.


Several actions were taken by the board Monday:

*Teacher Ed Domke was thanked for his dedication, spending countless volunteer hours getting the new CTE lab ready for fall. Domke also refurbished old cupboards and shelves for storage in the new room. The computer lab has all new computers purchased with CTE funds.


*Spectrum Health Pennock has launched a school-based nurse program with the schools to help keep kids healthy and in school while addressing health and medication concerns.


*a series of organizational rules, including meeting calendars, retainer agreements, memberships, tuition charges, accident insurance and meeting minutes were approved.


*the prices for athletic admission passes for 2018-2019 were approved.  Athletic event passes are $40 for students, $80 for adults and $200 for families, available at the athletic office at the high school. Seniors are eligible for a free pass. Individual tickets are $5 for high school sports, $3 for middle school events for adults and $2 for students. Children five and under are free at all events.


*the school offers breakfast during the next year for $1.70 for a full-price breakfast and 30 cents for a reduced-price breakfast. The cost for a full-price, type "A" student lunch is $2.90, a reduced-price for the same lunch is 40 cents and an adult lunch is $4.


*the board accepted a donation of four scoreboards from the Athletic Boosters to be placed in the high school and middle school’s main gymnasiums in September. Other locations and uses are being sought for the old scoreboards.


*Also, the school has a bond proposal on Aug. 7 election ballot addressing concerns raised at a community meeting on safety and security. The bond proposal application was developed using the survey results to ensure it included the wishes of the community. The proposal does not increase school taxes and continues the school tax rate for four more years.











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