The agenda did not call for discussion of much economic development, but the Luther Economic Development Authority showed its generous side last Thursday when members voted to buy school supplies for the cash-strapped Luther Public Schools.
Not all of the four members present for the meeting were aware of the funding issues when LEDA staffer Chere Kolar reported on LEDA’s purchase of $80 worth of paper for the schools. Superintendent Sheldon Buxton is a member of the LEDA board but could not attend the Feb.18 meeting at Town Hall.
The board voted to spend $200 on supplies for the students and authorized Kolar to make the purchases which she reported making on the Luther Teacher’s Wish List page on Facebook. LEDA Chairman and former Mayor Ed Threatt chipped in to the cause writing a personal check during the meeting to help students and teachers in a climate where there is no more cash to buy supplies for the rest of the school year.
Members of the community are also showing their generosity. When a teacher posts needs – from dry erase markers to lab supplies – there will likely be a delivery to one of the school offices from someone who has been to the store for them (or rounded up extra supplies they might have at home).
In other news from the meeting:
- the board voted to reimburse Kolar for $167.50 in mileage for the month of January,
- LEDA is working on a brick project fund-raiser for Wildhorse Park in conjunction with Alumni Weekend on May 7, 2016,
- The Town will have Independence Holiday festivities on Saturday, July 2. The board discussed hiring or not hiring a band or DJ, attracting vendors and closing out the evening with the annual fireworks show.