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South Central School Board Approved Track Co-op with Patoka

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The South Central School Board is giving their high schoolars to participate in track.  The Board Wednesday evening approved track co-op with the Patoka School District.  Those students wanting to do track will now have the opportunity to do so, however students will have to travel to Patoka for practice and meets in order to participate.  The district will not be providing transportation to Patoka for students.  Parents and guardians will be responsible for providing transportation.

The Board held a budget review to see the progress of the school year.  Superintendent Rick Batchelor says over the course of the past few years, their general state aid payments have been cut from $127,000 to $113,000.  Even though the district has reduced their spending by $1.1 million, the district cannot keep up with the state cuts.  The district held a special meeting concerning the issuance of one-million-dollars in general obligation school bonds to increase the working cash fund so the district has enough money to keep operating.  Batchelor says there are many scenarios regarding how much the state will prorate the district for general state aid over the next few years, however no decision has been made.

In other Board action, the Board approved the annual seniority list.  The Board also approved last month's minutes, bills and payroll, and treasurer's report.

The South Central School Board has five-people running for four open positions.  Incumbents Tom Turner, Mike Vandeveer and Dena Hoffman are running as well as Julie Rose and Jason Barkley.  Current board member Kevin Crane is not running for re-election.

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