UKIAH - Dorm parent Kari Keen told the Ukiah School Board on Wednesday that only a few families have offered to take foreign exchange students next year.

She suggested that the school consider opening a second dormitory to house female exchange students. The current dormitory is for boys only and holds about 10 students. Another three male exchange students are living with Ukiah families this school year, as well as 10 female exchange students.

The board said a tight budget make it unlikely that the school could open a girls dormitory next school year. Keen handed out a list of repairs and suggested remodeling projects needed at the dorm next year. Many people have offered to donate needed items, including carpet and linoleum for the kitchen, she said.

The Budget Committee will be discussed at the first budget committee meeting on May 5. The budget hearing is scheduled for June 9.

The board also learned that 31 students plan to attend Prom tonight. Ukiah High School traditionally joins with seven other small schools for the dance, held at the Elks Lodge in John Day. Students are required to ride in the bus provided by the school.

In other school business:

•The public is invited to a presentation of senior projects 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the school. The senior trip to the Newport is scheduled for May 21-26, and the senior class has invited dorm parent Kari Keen to speak at graduation.

•The cemetery project is almost complete. Students have mapped grave sites in the Ukiah Cemetery and hope to post the information to the Umatilla County cemetery Web site soon.

•Teacher Norma Barber reported that 27 students attended the Arts and Culture Day at BMCC Wednesday. Noella Grady, Ukiah's student body president won first place in the creative writing contest with an essay titled "World Wide Connections."

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