FP Board preps for school start

CRYSTAL FALLS—The mid-summer run-up to the new school year was the focus of the Forest Park School Board’s regular meeting held on July 16.
    The meeting was held one week earlier than normal due to a conference Superintendent Becky Waters attended in Lansing July 23.
    In a routine action, the board voted to seek a cash flow loan for the start of the school year. That’s when the district has many expenses but revenue from summer property taxes is only starting to come in.
    “That’s to cover us for sinking fund dollars and regular cash flow,” said Finance Committee Chair Lisa Bloomburg, “due to the fact that most people don’t pay their taxes till Sept. 14.
    “We need that cash to get through not only the opening of the school year but also for some of the sinking fund projects we are doing this summer.”
    The board approved bids for milk, gasoline and garbage hauling for the 2018-19 school year. Jilbert Dairy will supply the milk, Krist Oil won the gas bid, and Great American Disposal will haul the garbage—all three were the only bidders.
    Bloomburg noted with satisfaction that the U.S. Department of Agriculture now allows schools to offer 1 percent flavored milk (such as chocolate) in school lunch programs

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