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Senior trip presented to board

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By Don Groves

The Albany Ledger

Five Albany High School speech class students pre­sented their case for a senior day trip to Kansas City to the Albany R-III Board of Education at the board’s April 21 meeting.

AHS seniors Amy Gully, Kate Arthur, Makenzie Gillespie, Brianna Dillivan and Ashley Hall told the board that as part of their speech class they were required to give a persuasive speech. Gully began the presenta­tion by telling the board the class of 2014 has made many high school memo­ries but would like to have the opportunity to make one final memory as a class with a day of paint­ball in Kansas City.

Dillivan said she and the others giving the presen­tation had researched and organized the trip on their own. She said they had talked to teachers about finals and found May 9 was the best day for the trip. She said parents would be asked for dona­tions to pay for lunch.

Gillespie said the class of 2014 has shown its re­sponsibility by represent­ing the Albany R-III School District well during school trips to Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri State University. She said her class has learned to work together and spoke about the stu­dents’ success last year with prom for the class of 2013.

“We’re asking permission to take a one-day trip as a class one last time to cre­ate fun memories,” Arthur said.

Arthur said the students are willing to pay for the trip out of their own pock­ets and would look for ways to help fellow stu­dents who might not be able to afford the trip on their own. With transpor­tation, she said the cost for the trip would be about $45 per person.

The board took no action on the request.

As an information item, Albany superintendent John Rinehart told the board because of higher than expected health in­surance costs he has talked to the district’s insurance provider about creating a new health insurance package. He said the change would amount to about a 4 percent increase in costs instead of an in­crease of nearly 16 percent. Rinehart said he would invite an insurance broker to explain changes in cov­erage to the district’s staff.

In other business, the board:

• Approved Missouri School Board Association policy changes for 2014-2015;

• Accepted a mowing bid of $340 for each time dis­trict grounds are mowed from Poppa’s Lawn Care;

• Approved selling 11 pigs raised by FFA students;

• Approved selling the school’s old stage curtain;

• Approved the 2014-2015 school calendar; and

• Changed the district’s staff development day from April 28 to May 23 and the student day from May 23 to May 19.


Bunny business

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Zola Steinman, Shirley Gray, Peggy Mader, Collette Barger, Pat Stark, Barbara Carlock, Karma Epperson, Joyce Mercer, Sandra Sigrist, Mary Owens, Mary Leriche, Mi­chelle Drath and Marjory Cox fill plastic Easter eggs with candy April 15 at the Albany Senior Center in preparation for the April 19 Albany community Easter egg hunt at Northwest Medical Center.

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