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Marion County R-II school board discusses grants, audit

The Marion County R-II Board of Education covered a light agenda, but did discuss two grants for which the district has applied.

During their meeting last week, the board also reviewed the annual audit, discussed health insurance and made plans to review potential areas of concern in the buildings.

According to Superintendent Jason Keilholz, the district has applied for two grants, the CTE Enhancement grant and the General Mills grant.

If received, he said, the CTE Enhancement grant will be used to buy equipment for the agriculture department and Apple laptops for the business department.

The General Mills grant will also be used to purchase classroom technology if approved.

In other business, John Gillum presented the annual audit report, which showed the district in good shape.

“Everything went well with the audit,” said Keilholz. “There are a few minor things within the office, we are looking at streamlining in order to become more efficient, but overall things are going well.”

The audit contains receipts and disbursements for each fund. A copy can be reviewed in the school superintendent’s office.

The board also briefly discussed health insurance.

“We are waiting to receive bids back on insurance,” said Keilholz. “Hopefully we’ll have all the numbers back and will be able to move on it by the April meeting.”

The district is expecting insurance bids from Valentine/United Healthcare, MEUHP and Sunvold, he added,

The board also discussed doing a walk-through of the district facilities at the April meeting to review potential areas of concern and get a plan for preventative maintenance.

Keilholz also reported the buses had all passed recent inspections.