MILLBURY, Mass. — Millbury’s school district may lose $60,000 in grant money from the state because the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may re-allocate full-day kindergarten grants to under-performing districts with low-income families.
“We weren’t aware of this," Millbury Superintendent of Schools Susan Hitchcock told the School Committee Wednesday. "None of the Superintendents were and the state informed us that the grant money may cease as of July 1."
Under the redistricting plan, the grant money would be placed in “Gateway Communities," Hitchcock said, in an attempt to stimulate growth in lower-performing districts.
Millbury currently has six full-day kindergarten classes and Hitchcock was adamant that even if the grant is lost, the district will not discontinue or cut the program.
“If we’re forced to, we’ll take the money from somewhere else but we will continue to have a full-day program in Millbury,” she said.
In other business, Business Manager Richard Bedard informed the board that the district purchase of a minivan was purchased for less than the $50,000 authorized by Town Meeting. The vehicle was purchased for only $39,192 Bedard said, in part due to the trade-in value of the older van. The remaining $10,808 will be turned over to the town and placed into the free cash fund.
The school committee has scheduled a security meeting with all organizations that utilize school property on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at the high school. The main issues to be discussed are the door systems of school property and who is granted access. The public is invited to attend and feedback is appreciated.
The next scheduled meeting for the committee is Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Millbury High School Media Center.