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March 13, 2014, 11:05 am

MOUNT VERNON — At its meeting on Wednesday, the Knox County Educational Service Center school board discussed education-related legislation such as increasing the number of allowable calamity days, school vouchers, required standardized testing and public school funding going to private, for-profit educational enterprises.

“Sometimes in all of this,” said board member Ruby Miller, “I think legislators forget it should be about the students and what is really best for them.”

With regard to personnel, the board voted to give a 3-percent salary increase to all ESC employees with the exception of the superintendent, treasurer and substitute personnel.

It granted the retirement request of preschool psychologist Joan Holsinger, effective March 31, and approved Thomas Cassell as a bus driver for Danville schools. The board issued a number of administrative contracts for the 2014-15 school year and added to both the substitute teacher and substitute aide lists.

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