“I was fascinated because I saw a program that was student-oriented and the basis of the program is STEM,” said Tina Marcus, the gifted and talented teacher who will direct the camp.
Camp Invention is a national program that provides curriculum, materials, training and staff pay for the camp.
The board also approved spending $41,950 to repair the tennis court surface. Caddell recommended repairing cracks as a less expensive alternative to resurfacing the courts.
“We’ve had a number of issues with our tennis courts in the past few years,” he said. “There are some large cracks. It’s been really tough for our tennis team to compete on those courts.”
Eastern’s capital projects fund has been limited by a cap on property tax that went into effect a few years ago, so the board approved taking money from fund equity to pay for the tennis court improvements.
“I would like to see this done because our tennis team has waited and waited on it,” Caddell said. “It’s been a property tax cap issue, but we have some money in the rainy day fund we could use.”
The board will meet again at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at the corporation administrative office.
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