School tells use of Grow Greene funds

The Greene County school district has received $226,456 from Grow Greene County to date, school superintendent Tim Christensen shared with the board at its Nov. 20 meeting, and has spent $94,724 of it.

The largest portion, $42,822, was used to purchase additional Chromebooks and charging stations. Other used have been wrist heart rate monitors for middle school phys ed classes, hands-on supplies for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, chairs and flooring for the Ram Restaurant at the high school, technology equipment for pre-kindergarten, and playground equipment at the middle school. The district also paid for speaker Mark Lindquist’s presentation to teachers.

The district has a balance of $131,732 to spend. Planned uses include a digital sign at the high school at a cost of $38,613. The 3 ft X 9 ft sign could be moved should a new building be constructed, Christensen assured the board. Other uses include an update of the automated external defibrillators, a shade structure at the preschool playground, additional wrist heart rate monitors and the necessary computers, and speaker Anthony Mohamed on the topic of transforming school culture. Those expenses total $98,813, leaving $32,919 still available.

Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation holds the gaming license for Wild Rose Casino – Jefferson. It distributes money to the Greene County and Paton-Churdan school districts based on student enrollment. The districts are asked not to use the funds for operating or ongoing expenses.

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