The Unified School District 493 School Board put off any decisions on leaving the Southeast Kansas League and moving to the Crawford, Neosho, Cherokee league until May.

The board took no action on the proposal, waiting to hear from Columbus Unified High School Interim Principal Tony Shearburn who will be attending a CNC League administrator’s meeting to discuss the possible move later this month.

Delaine Robinson presented trip plans for a group of approximately 11 juniors and six parents to Jamestown/Colonial Williamsburg and Washington D.C. from March 31, 2012 through April 5, 2012. The trip is not a school sponsored trip and would cost each participant approximately $1,743. John Lopp suggested Robinson check into the Abernathy Foundation for assistance. The administration will review Board Policy for trip allowances.

Juanita Hodgson and Amy Henson addressed the board with concerns regarding plans to eliminate the printed elementary yearbook and replace it with the purchase of a CD-ROM. The two parents offered to do fundraising to defray cost to the district and students making the printed yearbook a viable option.

Highland and Park Schools Principal Terry North reported lower student yearbook sales and minimum purchase requirements were reasons to look into alternatives for the printed yearbook. The CD-ROM can be sold for approximately $5 and parents can print them at home or at a photo center. He reported the District has subsidized the yearbook in the past to keep the cost affordable.

The consensus of the Board was to poll the parents to see how many would be interested in buying a printed yearbook, to proceed with plans to produce the yearbook for the current year, and encourage the parents to talk with the PTO’s regarding fundraising to defray cost. The administration will request CD-ROM and printed yearbook reservations as early as enrollment next school term in order to assess the situation earlier next year.

Superintendent David Carriger reported a $300,000 grant application has been submitted for the 21st Century Grant. The five-year grant would fund a 34-week after school program and a two week summer school program. The grant name would be Columbus A.R.M.Y. (Accelerate in Reading, Math and Yourself) and would be located in the Park and Highland Schools. Several local businesses and individuals have expressed interest in partnering with the district for the grant. Award notification is anticipated by May 15.

In other business the board:

• Voted to waive building use fees for the Columbus Fire Department to use the CUHS Gymnasium for a fundraiser.

• Voted to accept the transfer of Kelsey Boulware to the first grade teaching position at Park School.

• Hired Jeff Renn as head soccer coach at CUHS.

• Hired Kelsey Boulware as Junior High assistant volleyball coach.

• Hired Aaron Rider for summer maintenance.

• Voted to accept the resignation of Susan Touchton as CUHS assistant volleyball coach.