United Way Donates $50,000 To Early Learning Program

(BEDFORD) – The United Way donated $50,000 this year to the Early Learning and Pre-School programs at North Lawrence Community Schools during the school board meeting Thursday night.

The Stalker Elementary School building will serve as a hub for the program in which STEAM learning will be promoted along with a certified pre-school program.

The United Way is donating $25,000 a year after this initial contribution.

The United Way and North Lawrence Community Schools are working on other programs and partnerships in the future.

In other business:

The board voted that the two Parkview campuses will be one. Teachers and Instructor Assistants will be allowed to work in both buildings.

A survey is underway evaluating parent’s input in how the new school year will look. Parents can access the survey by going to the corporation’s website.

Handbooks and support staff handbooks will be approved at the June school board meeting.

Summer meal programs will continue on Mondays and Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. at Bedford Middle School. On those days students will receive meals for three days.

Lunch prices will increase by 10 cents in the upcoming school year.

The roofs at Needmore and Stalker Elementary are being replaced.

A public hearing for bonds will be advertised. The bonds will be used for capital improvements.

During the conclusion of the meeting, several support staff members addressed the school board expressing disappointment that they were not valued and still do not know where they will be working or whether they will have jobs next school year.