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MSAD 24 Superintendent Clayton Belanger. – SJVT photo / Don Eno

VAN BUREN — The Maine School Administrative District 24 board of directors approved the transfer of $31,376 from the district’s Adult Education Reserve Fund to the district’s general operating account at a Jan. 20 budget meeting, according to School Superintendent Clayton Belanger.

The monies were needed to cover adult education expenditures which voters had previously approved, but which the  town has not yet funded.

Board members approved an optional vitamin distribution program for students, at a board meeting following the budget meeting.

Stacy Dumond, who works for Herbert’s Pharmacy in Madawaska will provide permissions slips to students and the distributions of vitamins would be done at the pharmacy at no cost.

The board also authorized Belanger to enter negotiations with an individual to help manage and supervise the district’s local entitlement special education grant.

“I need someone to manage this grant, which includes application, end-of-year reports and expenditures,” Belanger wrote in an email following the meeting. “We had three years’ of work last fall. The grants run around $110,000.”

Belanger said that he expects the contracted services to last no more than 18 months.

Board members approved the elimination next year of a temporary library aide position, which costs the district approximately $25,000.

In other district business, a bid of $857.15 from Richard Laplante was approved, for the purchase of a 1997 school bus. A bid by Mark Roy of $501.75 for a 1998 school bus with the wheelchair lift, and a bid of 555.55, also from Laplante, for a 2002 GMC van, were approved.