Another story I wrote this week for The Star-Herald. Not the most exciting of topics, but this is what you do when you’re the newspaper of record.

By Kristine A. Harger
Special to The Star-Herald

PRESQUE ISLE – Thanks to federal stimulus money, SAD 1 will be able to offer free flu shots to students this year. The program was announced at the July 8 SAD 1 board of directors meeting.

“This is a new program,” said Superintendent Gehrig Johnson. The money will allow every student age 9 to high school senior to receive a free flu shot, if their parents wish it. More information on the program will be made available this fall.

The brief meeting also included approval of dairy and bread product bids for the 2009-10 school year.

As has been the situation for the past few years, Garelick Farms was the only bidder for the dairy product contract, though their bid prices were significantly lower than the previous two years. This year, the district will pay 18.7 cents per half-pint of whole milk compared to 22.4 cents in 2008-09 and 22.1 cents in 2007-08. One percent milk will cost the district 17.3 cents per half-pint, and 1 percent milk will cost 29.3 cents per 10-ounce bottle.

Health Distributors, which did not bid last year on the bread products contract, returned this year and was the low bidder. The district will pay the company $1.45 per dozen for hamburger rolls, $5.25 per four dozen of Frankfort rolls, $1.50 per 22-slice package of white bread, and $1.90 per six-count of wheat sub rolls.

The district also approved changes to following policies, to bring them in line with state Department of Education recommendations: Student Education Records and Information, Annual Notice of Student Education Records and Information Rights, and Student Education Records and Student Information Administrative Procedures.

Johnson said there were no major changes to the policies, just updates to reflect changing times.

Finally, the district approved one tuition request from a Washburn-area family to send their children to SAD 1 schools. The request was approved by the board at a cost of $975 per student.

The next SAD 1 board of directors meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in the board conference room at Presque Isle High School.


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