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Wolf Creek gets $40,671 grant

WATERFORD — Grants, substitutes and a 30-year award were discussed at Monday evening’s meeting of the Wolf Creek Local Board of Education.

The board accepted an awarded grant of $40,671 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Rural Education Achievement Program.

District Treasurer Rachel Miller said the grant is applied for every year and is used to pay for class size reduction teachers. She noted it was an increase in funding from last year.

Another grant for $98,000 will provide Chromebooks with internet access for students who are in low income households or who do not have internet access at home. Applications will be available to those in need.

A one-year, $33,600 contract was approved with Kinetic Networking for network support.

Superintendent Doug Baldwin said the contract is for 64 hours a month and they have been contracted for the last few years. Kinetic will be on site Mon

days and Tuesdays, but will be remotely available, if needed, he said.

Board member Greg Adams asked Baldwin if they were thinking of going to a cloud backup.

“It’s a possibility down the road,” Baldwin replied.

Board President Hugh Arnold will receive an award from the Southeast Region of the Ohio School Boards Association for his 30 years on the school board.

The Ohio Department of Education has approved the extension of free breakfasts and lunches for all students, regardless of income, through Dec. 31.

“It is good until the funding runs out or the end of December,” Baldwin said.

The extension is retroactive to Sept. 1, Baldwin said, and money already paid will be refunded to the students’ lunch accounts. Students from low income households should still apply for free meals for when the extension funding runs out.

It was also mentioned that Homecoming will be pushed back to this winter as parades are not yet allowed by the health department.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a Glance

¯ Wolf Creek Local School Board President Hugh Arnold to receive award.

¯ Kids can receive free breakfast and lunch through Dec. 31.

¯ Broadband connectivity grant received for $98,000 to purchase Chromebooks with internet access.

¯ Homecoming will be pushed back to winter as parades are not yet allowed.

Source: Wolf Creek Local School District.

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