MOUNT VERNON — State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl was at last week’s Mount Vernon Board of Education meeting and presented the district with a formal legislative commendation for Twin Oak and Wiggin Street Elementary schools being designated “Excellent with Distinction.” She also recognized Columbia Elementary, Dan Emmett Elementary and East Elementary for receiving an “Excellent” designation.
Superintendent Steve Short told the News on Friday he also talked with the board about district finances. He said more cost containment measures, such as restricting field trips and overtime, have been taken, but the district will still need to increase revenues. Short said the district may face a reduction in state funds of up to 20 percent, or about $2.4 million dollars. He said the board will have a work session in January to discuss possible levy and other options to address the financial issues.
During the business portion of the meeting, the board approved routine fiscal actions and accepted the donation of the following books from Vickie Marra to the Twin Oak library in memory of Doug Martin: “Let’s Go to the Ballpark,” “Teammates,” “Roberto and Me,” and “The Babe and I.” It also accepted a Smartboard donated to Dan Emmett Elementary by the Dan Emmett PTO. The board approved a contract with the Rich & Gillis Law Group and approved a postage machine lease agreement.