By RODNEY D. BOAM
The Preston School Board room was just about full for a meeting held Wednesday evening.
“We generally have more people at our meetings when school is out and we are having our budget meeting and they hear about fee increases,” said school board chairman Fred Titensor. “We are always glad to have people at our meetings.”
A fee increase at the high school was introduced at the school board meeting Wednesday evening. The board will draft a legal notice, put it in The Citizen and will hold a public hearing in July.
The fee increase was requested for the band.
“There was a proposal for a fee increase for participation in the band,” Titensor said. “We had a discussion and we will have a public hearing next month.”
Titensor invited parents of band students to let their voices be known, concerning the proposed increase during the public hearing.
The board discussed the five-year plan for the district. There are two parts to the plan, one is academics the other is facilities.
Academically the board would like to increase the rigor for early graduation and they would like to see more students take advantage of concurrent enrollment and advanced placement classes, Titensor said.
When it comes to the facilities budget the district has no plans for additional buildings, but they will need to make improvements on existing buildings and do some maintenance.
They would like to upgrade classrooms with minor additions, enclose the space on the east side of the gym, currently where a maintenance building is located. The plan is to build a place at the old honey house site for a new maintenance building.
Board members would like to see a board member participate in the education foundation.
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