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1/18/2007 1:07:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Unit 2 works on ways to share info
Robinson Unit 2 will buy a new school bus and may change how it distributes information to school board members.

The Unit 2 board Monday voted to purchase one new bus from Central States Bus Sales for $72,825. It was the low bid, but still about $6,000 more than what the district paid for its last bus.

"Prices have jumped significantly," Superintendent Earl Williams said. "This is the biggest jump I've ever seen in buses."

The board will consider purchasing two Suburban-style vehicles later in the year.

The board tabled renewing its agreement with to see if Unit 2 could duplicate its services in-house.

The district posts information for board members on the Internet service's web site. Members can download meeting agendas, spreadsheets and other items so they can save paper while they prepare for upcoming meetings. The service costs $1,800 per year.

"I think we can do something just as good on our own," President Ron Legg said.

Board member Dennis Inboden agreed, suggesting the information could be put on the Unit 2 web site in a section requiring a password. "I really like not having paper. What a waste of trees," he said. "I like this, but I'm not sure it's the only way we can go."

Fellow member Debbi Lowrance pointed out most of the information posted could actually be left open to the public with the exception of personnel matters. If the material is posted on the Unit 2 web site, the public could even send in comments in advance concerning things the board will discuss.

A cheerleading clinic for elementary school girls was approved by the board. The clinic is a fund raiser to help pay for summer camp for Robinson High School cheerleaders. Under new state regulations, any fund raiser that might bring in more than $1,000 must be authorized by the board in advance. Williams said he hopes to establish a calendar for all such fund raisers so they can be approved at the beginning of the school year.

The clinic is Saturday, Jan. 27, at RHS.

The board also approved a list of educators who will serve as tutors for students needing help preparing for upcoming standardized tests at Lincoln Elementary School. The program, they said, has been "very successful" the past two years.

Tutors will be Judy Walden, Anne Schrey, Karen Laflin, Lugene Bond, Stephanie Dean and Carol Swisher.

Also approved were two additional assistant coaches for the overflowing Nuttall Middle School sixth-grade basketball program. Jessica Sisil will help with the girls team and Reggie Truitt will assist with the boys.

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