by Ezra Whitaker, Grain Valley News Intern
The Grain Valley School Board met June 23rd, approving the district's 22-23 budget and recognizing Dr. Marc Snow during his last board meeting before his retirement as superintendent.
During patron comments, several community members addressed concerns regarding the recent directive to remove "safe space" signage at the high school, bullying, racial issues, and a lack of mental health support.
Following patron comments, incoming superintendent Dr. Brad Welle announced the Grain Valley Education Foundation has reached a $1 million milestone.
“Nearly all that money goes either directly to students in scholarships when they graduate, or goes into teacher grants and other student activities,” Welle said.
Welle also mentioned the free breakfast and lunch program has ended, and parents needing assistance will need to apply for free or reduced meals. Breakfast prices for 2022-23 are $1.80 at the elementary level, $1.90 for middle school and high school students. Lunch prices are $2.70 for elementary students and $3.00 for middle school and high school students.
The Board approved its 2022-23 budget, which includes a $1,000 increase to the base for certified salary schedule, a $1.00 increase for non-certified staff, 5 teacher positions, a counselor position, and a $2.00 increase for Valley Kids leads.
The board then discussed new business, including the possibility of a School/City committee. Board member Jeff Porter was contacted by Grain Valley Alderman Ryan Skinner to reevaluate safety measures and the city’s role within the school district.
The board voted to cancel its July Workshop but will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, July 21st.
22-23 Budget approved during the Board's June 23rd meeting.