The Sayre Area School District board of education approved field trips and a contract to keep the high school's track surface in shape during a brief meeting Monday.

Board members approved a contract for five years of repairs to the track's rubber surface in the amount of $86,390.98. The warranty period on the surface has passed, board members said.

The board also approved a trip for members of the Sayre High School forensics team to attend the Pennsylvania Speech League state tournament March 22 and 23 in Selinsgrove and an annual field trip for gifted students in May to the Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, N.Y.

In addition, board members approved the 2013-14 BLaST Intermediate Unit No. 17 general operations budget, approved in February by the IU board. The district is not charged a fee for general operations in the budget.

Monday was an in-service day for staff members, reported superintendent Dean Hosterman. Children had the day off from school, and all after-school activities were canceled due to wintry weather conditions Monday night.

About 100 staff members attended a three-hour training on child abuse mandate reporting Monday, Hosterman said. Another training will be given in August.

Fifth- and sixth-grade choral students will perform this Saturday at an Elmira Jackals hockey game, said elementary principal Michelle Murrelle.

The 66 students sold over 240 tickets for the game, inspiring the Jackals to donate $745 to the choral program. The donation will be used to purchase additional sheet music next year, Murrelle said.

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