ST. MATTHEWS -- Calhoun County School Board members listened to some parental concerns about the amount of sugar in the breakfast foods being served to students during the board's Aug. 28 meeting.

Ronald Jackson told the trustees he was concerned the children were being served food containing too much sugar for breakfast.

Laverne Aiken said her son was taking medications, and too much sugar would override the benefits of the medicines.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Wilson said he would relay those concerns to the appropriate food services personnel.

In addition, Aiken complained students were not getting out of school on time. She said she's experienced delays from 45 minutes to an hour waiting for her child to be dismissed for the day.

Also during the meeting, Cynthia Shuler, who said she is a new substitute teacher in the district, noted she was concerned about the apparent lack of communications between the staff and the substitute teachers, particularly concerning students' medications.

The trustees accepted the comments as information.

In other business, the trustees unanimously voted to hire J.J. Hunt to conduct the district's 2016-2017 audit.

In his  report, the superintendent, referring to the start of the new school year, said, “It was a good opening." He attributed that to the district's principals.

Wilson also reported that Chromebook computers were issued to students district-wide. In addition, he noted the district had adopted a new organizational chart that meets all state and federal government requirements. The chart will be displayed in all of the schools, he said.

The superintendent also addressed policies amending class rankings and grade point averages and upgrading the training for teachers of Advanced College Placement classes.

Also during the meeting, George Kiernan, district director of human resources, reported the retention pond at the Sandy Run K-8 School had been expanded to greater than twice its original size as required by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Before adjourning, the board went into closed executive session to consider a property settlement negotiation and to review board policies. Trustees took no action after returning to public session.

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