NEW KNOXVILLE – The New Knoxville Board of Education heard positive news about the school’s bottom line as well how community support had resulted in new student Chromebooks during its Monday meeting.
School Treasurer Amy Reineke said that school system’s balance at the end of July stood at $5,841,742.05 which was up from the balance of $5,421.679 at the same time last year. Within those figures was the results of a July income tax collection of $775,597, up from $553,128 at the same time last year. Reineke said the school had not seen such an increase since the 2007-2008 school year. She and the board felt that the increase was due to a stronger economy and expenses that had stayed the same over the past year.
In her K-3 report, Superintendent Kim Waterman said that a generous donation from the Kuhlman family had allowed the school to purchase 125 Chromebooks and storage carts. Also, New Knoxville Telephone Co (NKTelco) donated $7,000 to purchase 25 more Chromebooks.
Waterman also noted that a total of 398 students will begin classes on Aug. 21.
Jenny Fledderjohan, grade 4 to 12 principal, said that orientation for new students as well as seventh-graders is scheduled for Aug. 15. She said the athletic department had at total of 36 students enrolled in junior high and high school volleyball, 24 in junior high and high school cross country, 19 in high school soccer and 11 in golf.
She also said the high school band had participated in three parades and would be at the Bradford Pumpkin show, Bremenfest and Tailgate for Cancer.
The board approved the hiring of Kyle Merges as varsity baseball coach and accepted the resignation of Casey Phillips as eighth-grade girls basketball coach. They also approved the contracts for substitute teachers, bus drivers, aides and custodian.
The board also approved the 2018-2019 lunch, milk and school fees. Reineke said this information can be found on the school’s website. The Board also accepted a $600 donation to the Athletic Department from the New Knoxville Community Park Association.
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