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Open enrollment discussed by Toronto BOE

December 21, 2013
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - Open enrollment and an increase in new pupils and students were discussed during the city school board's Thursday meeting.

Fred Burns, superintendent, said construction of the new high school has been a big attraction for the district concerning open enrollment.

"We talked about our receipts being up and our expenditures down," said Burns. "We're really pleased our open enrollment has been $400,000 a year plus. And we haven't even received any of it yet."

Burns said open enrollment has led to many pupils and students coming back to the district due to construction of the new junior/senior high school.

"Since our enrollment is up we're getting funds back from the Educational Service Center," he said.

Burns also said the center had donated $1,200 for high school seniors' planned Close-Up trip to Washington, D.C.

"We also had three teachers receive three mini-grants from the ESC," Burns continued, adding the $500 grants were awarded to educators Marlene Wolf, Cindy Hinerman and Sarah Kendziorski. "We're also getting money back from American Electric Power because of the energy conservation at the new high school."

Burns said the district received two checks, one for $21,329 and another for $3,576, adding Bob McAuliffe, construction manager for Hammond Construction Co., contractors for construction of the new building, applied for the funds.

"The district can use those funds any way we want," Burns added.

In other matters, retiring board members Larry Davidson is leaving after serving 24 years on the board, said Burns.

"He remarked that this was the most congenial time since he's been on the board," Burns said, adding board members work well together. "He said this was the first time every (board member) was working together for the good of the kids."

Davidson also was awarded a plaque for his years of service. Julie Ault was elected during the November election to fill Davidson's seat.

The district's re-organizational meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Karaffa Middle School.

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