(Posted March 22, 2017)
By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer
The Madison-Plains Local School District, facing a financial deficit, is making plans to go to the ballot in a special election Aug. 8.
To get ready for the deadlines related to placing an issue on the ballot, the school board will meet in special session at 6 p.m. March 27.
The board must adopt two resolutions. The first must be filed with the Madison County Auditor’s Office by May 5. The second, along with the first one and the auditor’s certificate, must be filed with the Madison County Board of Elections by May 10.
The date for the March 27 special meeting was set at the school board’s March 21 meeting.
Also on March 21, the board approved the retirement of Trish Passwaters, who has served as special education director for 14 years, and Rosanne McCollister, who has been a teacher with the district for 18 years.
The board approved travel plans for three sets of students. The baseball team will travel to Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., May 6. The team will visit the campus and play a game in its minor league-caliber stadium. The trip is financed through the Athletic Boosters and their many fundraisers.
Several students will travel to England, France and Spain March 28-April 7. This trip will give the students an opportunity to use what they learned in language classes and cultural classes. Students are paying for this trip.
Civics-English II students will be going to Philadelphia and New York April 5-8 to broaden their knowledge of American history. Students are paying their own way.
Elementary Principal Kim LeGault introduced sixth-grader Ben Stoughton who won the school’s science fair. Holding a black athletic shoe, Ben said he had trouble keeping his shoes tied tight enough to keep them on his feet. He developed a shoelace that would tie tighter.