By Leigh Anne Hubbs
Gloucester City News
During September’s Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Business Administrator Melissa Raywood announced that the annual audit has been completed.
She said the audit will be presented at next month’s meeting by auditor Mr. Robert Stewart from Inverso and Steward of Marlton.
Also, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is known as "E-Rate,” will be providing the district with a rebate in the amount of $11,466 to offset the cost of telecommunication services.
In other news, George Gies of Mount Ephraim Basketball requested that there be no increase in facilities fees for the use of the school gym as the league is still suffering the effects of the economy.
The School Board granted Mr. Gies’ request, and will leave the rate at $1,500 for this season.
Gies said the program keeps the players and their friends who come to watch games off the street, and the players really appreciate that the league hires a real referee for games rather than having coaches or parents referee.
Superintendent Joseph Rafferty thanked Mr. Gies for his hard work, as this will be his 18th season with the program.
Board members manned a Voter Registration table during Back to School Night to encourage parents to register, saying that all too often parents wish to vote in the annual school board election held in the spring but they are not registered in time.
BOE Member Carl Ingram said that select Audubon High School students now have the opportunity to take online classes that would not normally be offered in school, such as Chinese
Ingram added that some of the classes may be college level, and that all are monitored and regulated by a teacher.
Board members approved the following applicants for substitute classroom teacher at a rate of $80 per day: Mae Canestri, Catherine Gorman, Jennifer Immendorf and Liz Realey.
Dawn Ratliff has been approved for two positions; substitute for Shining Star program at $9.76 per hour and substitute custodian at $9 per hour.
Maria Canuso has been approved to be a substitute lunch aide at the rate of $7.25 per hour.
Principal Michael Hunter said that June and September’s Student of the Month winners will all be recognized during next month’s meeting, which will be Monday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Kershaw’s Media Center.