The Ukiah School Board meeting on Jan. 9 drew a large crowd as the board considered the first requests for interdistrict transfers under the policy adopted in December.

Under that policy parents must appear in person before the board to make a transfer request. Four requests were heard in executive session. One was granted and three denied.

"The transfers create a hardship for the school," said Superintendent Dan Korber after the meeting. Enrollment has been declining in the small school for many years.

Korber reported that the recent annual audit of the school financial records raised concerns about a lack of receipts for all student body disbursements. Beth O'Hanlon, chief financial officer at the Umatilla-Morrow ESD, which handles the school district's finances, has been notified about the problem.

The Umatilla County Health Department gave the dormitory kitchen an excellent rating during a recent inspection, but reported minor problems in the cafeteria kitchen with the sealed light fixture in the walk-in cooler and the availability of sanitizing solution.

The ski program at Anthony Lakes will start on Jan. 27 or Feb. 3 and will run six weeks, ending before spring break. Students travel to the ski area each Sunday on the district bus. Cost per student is $230, up from last year to cover the rise in fuel prices. Laura Orr, who coordinates the program, expects about 25 students to participate. Orr and other chaperons will be present on each trip.

Korber noted that school board elections are held in odd-numbered years, and that the two recent appointments to the board will be up for election in 2009.

The board held a second reading of the new Oregon School Board Association hazing policy, and plans to adopt it at the next meeting.

There will be no school on Martin Luther King day, Monday, Jan. 21. Second quarter ends Thursday, Jan. 17. The teacher in- service scheduled for Friday was canceled and will be in February.

The board rescheduled its regular meeting to 8 a.m. on the second Friday of the month, effective through the end of the school year, to accommodate board member schedules. The board plans to hold an additional work session on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at the school.

The next school board meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Ukiah School.

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