Superintendent David Cash said Thursday he anticipates the Pawhuska Board of Education will act in July to set the time and date of an election for a transportation bond issue.


Cash said the transportation bond is the only bond-issue option with which the school system can attempt to proceed at this time without having an adverse effect on local property taxes. He explained the school district’s current situation in regard to student transportation badly needs to be addressed — old vehicles need to be replaced.


In other comments Thursday to the Pawhuska Board of Education, Cash said the district is still running numbers on the possibility of being able to feed students at some school sites next academic year at no charge to the students and their families.


Cash told the Journal-Capital that he hopes some of Pawhuska’s schools can qualify under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision, which the USDA describes as a “non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas.”


Reimbursement of cost is provided for participating schools based on a formula.


“We’ll do as many sites as we can qualify for,” Cash said. The board voted Thursday to continue the district’s relationship with its food-service provider, and the superintendent assured board member Addie Roanhorse, who asked about the food provider’s salad bar, that the salad bar will be back when the 2019-2020 school year starts.


The salad bar, which had been one of the most attractive food offerings by the district’s food-service provider, had been discontinued toward the end of the 2018-19 year because of staffing problems, Cash said.


In other business Thursday the board voted to grant a $1,200 state-mandated raise to school principals for the upcoming academic year. The board of education also voted to hire Libby Strahan to be the new literacy coach for students being served through the Pawhuska district’s Striving Readers literacy grant.