With local school districts facing more challenges in finances; there is a greater emphasis on collecting revenue. The Patrick Henry School board of education took action at their Monday meeting to work on overdue money for student fees. The district currently has $45,000 in fees that are outstanding. Another $20,000 will likely not be able to be collected due to recent legislation that allows families in the free and reduced lunch program to avoid payment. The Patrick Henry school board has taken the stand for those not in the free and reduced lunch program that still owe- their children will not be able to participate in extra-curricular activities, if current fees are not paid. And those families that owe from previous years; will have to set-up a payback plan. Unpaid fees could also keep a student from participating in the graduation ceremony. A letter regarding this issue will be sent to Patrick Henry school families in the coming weeks.
The Patrick Henry board passed a resolution to continue looking at options for a school facility project. A small drop in enrollment is also changing the percentage of state money available for any construction.
A greater emphasis will be placed on the half-dozen communities that makeup the Patrick Henry school district. Signs will be created to identify the areas of Deshler, Hamler, Malinta, Grelton, Westhope, and Ellery, where students come from. The school’s website will also feature this information.
The Patrick Henry board approved a diploma being issued to local veteran Gary Schoemaker, who left school to serve his country. And Mallory Michaelis was selected as the Patrick Henry recipient of the Franklin Walter scholarship. But Michaelis was also the overall Henry County winner, and represents the county at a ceremony in Columbus on April 10th.