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Financial Stability at the Center of Board Action
Financial Stability at the Center of Board Action
Dan Cox
Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Staunton CUSD #6 Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, June, 18, 2018. The District’s Pre-Kindergarten for All Program, already an award winning program, was cause for additional celebration and recognition by the Board as the District has been awarded the new competitive grant allocating $276,653 to serve the 80 students enrolled. As part of the award and new requirements the District will be posting and hiring a Family Engagement Coordinator to work within the program. In other grant news the District received initial allocations for Title I ($183,075), Title II ($33,758), and Title IV ($19,532). The allocation notification now allows for the recall of the remaining paraprofessionals who were on the reduction in force list.

The Board accepted the low bid from Opaa! Food Management of IL for contracting food service management. In making the decision to transition to contracted food services the Board considered the District’s value for financial stability and the overall quality of the District’s wellness and nutrition offerings. Stability remains a priority as all current employees will continue as employees of Unit #6. We look forward to bringing more news about the exciting changes to come in our breakfast and lunch programs as we begin our new partnership with Opaa! 

Continuing with the theme of financial stability the Board approved to join the Prairie State Insurance Cooperative to meet the District’s property & casualty, automobile, excess liability, workers compensation, school board legal and student accident needs to name a few. The District saves $37,500 from current rates by joining the cooperative while providing long-term cost stability, broader coverage, and increased limits.

For more information on discussion and action taken during the meeting please view the summary of minutes at