MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Park District has been a big beneficiary of community service performed by the Air Force JROTC unit at Knox County Career Center, and park director Kim Marshall let the school board know it at Thursday’s meeting. Cadet squad commander Johnathon Mundy, on behalf of his classmates, accepted a Certificate of Appreciation presented by Marshall.
Marshall said the cadets have been vital to keeping the park system in good shape. She said they have been able to accomplish things the park district staff hasn’t had time to do, such as major mulching of trails, and just generally helping to restore and maintain park areas. Marshall said she also appreciates the assistance given by the horticulture students.
During the business portion of the meeting, the board joined a movement by school boards and educators across the nation in letting Congress know the disastrous effects across-the-board cuts, effective March 1, will have on public education. The board passed a resolution urging Congress to amend both the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education.
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