By Stephanie Malench
The Highland School Board met on June 28 and opened with a public hearing amending the 2021 budget to reflect changes due to COVID-19 and the HVAC/security project at the high school. No concerns were raised and the budget passed during the regular meeting.
After the hearing, the board recognized the high school girls softball team on winning the state tournament for the first time in school history.
Under new business, a first reading was conducted of changes to the Policy and Procedures Manual, including updated terminology and legal references.
Extensions for completing health/life safety work items on all of the districts buildings due to financial constraints were approved to be filed with the Regional Office of Education.
School lunch fees will increase $.10 for the 2021-2022 school year in order to satisfy federal regulations of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new price for a lunch for students in K-5 will be $3.00 and $3.10 for students in grades 6-12.
New rates for paying officials for high school soccer games will be increasing to $50 for junior varsity/varsity home games, $30 for varsity only and $20 for freshman games. Rates for middles school sports baseball, softball, and volleyball officials will increase $5 to keep in line with other schools in the Mississippi Valley Conference and region.
An agreement was approved with Poplar Junction for bowling for the 2021-2022 school year.
The next school board meeting will be July 26 at the administrative building at 6 p.m.