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PEP grant plan nearly finished, budget next
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MONROE - The planning for applying for a Carol M. White Physical Education Foundation grant is moving a step closer to reality.

Dan Keyser, the district's director of curriculum and instruction, updated the Monroe school board Monday on the three-year PEP grant.

The PEP grant will be written to update the district's curriculum by focusing on promoting life-long fitness that incorporate personal fitness and nutrition education.

Keyser said the PEP grant is 95 percent complete and they will have a budget for the grant at the next board meeting. The grant will have to be submitted by the middle of April.

In other action, the school board:

• Approved the retirement of Robyn Jubeck, the district's adaptive physical education teacher and Colleen Mahlkuch, a kindergarten teacher at Northside Elementary School.

• Approved the voluntary layoff of Julia Sager at Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy.

• Approved the donation of elementary library books by Mary Friedrichs.

• Honored Simon Larson, a special education teacher at Monroe High School with the Lamp of Learning Staff Excellence award for March.

• Heard a report from the FBLA organization at the high school about a trip March 14-15 to Indianapolis. The trip will include 12 students who will tour the University of Notre Dame, Lucas Oil Stadium, Embassy Suites, Finish Line Corporation and Indianapolis Motor Speedway to learn about their businesses.

- Mark Nesbitt