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Board seeks scholarships as first senior class prepares to graduate; high school plan filed

School spending is in line with budget projections through the end of the year, provided grants that have been applied for come through. That was the message from the finance committee as directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. School of Science and Technology gathered for their monthly meeting, March 13.

The finance committee is also exploring readily available scholarships for the school’s first crop of seniors. Thanks to a lot of hard work, all 27 seniors are expected to graduate in May.

The school has drafted a high school curriculum and state officials have formally acknowledged MLK’s plans to break ground for a new high school campus.

Upcoming events include a school jobs fair on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Thursday, March 29, Nike is sponsoring an all-day event at the school in which every student will be fitted for a free pair of shoes and provided with a box of food for the family. The event still needs plenty of volunteers, and if any parents wish to participate, they should contact the school’s main office.

The board, currently with eight seats, is continuing to consider the addition of up to three additional members. One possibility still under discussion is inviting some candidates to serve as “special advisers,” rather than full-time members. The advisers would bring added talent and resources to the board but would not be voting members.

The next board meeting is at noon, April 10, in in the first-floor teachers’ lounge.

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