The Melissa Independent School District accepted $27,950 in donations at March’s board of trustees meeting.

The Harry McKillop Elementary Parent Teacher Organization donated $25,000 to the district for teacher grants. Texas Instruments made a matching $750 donation to Melissa Middle School for Rachel’s Challenge. Lakeshore Learning Material donated $200 for educational gifts for parents attending Pre-K Family Math Night, and Olive Garden donated food for the math night. National Wild Turkey Federation donated $500 toward the outdoor adventure program at Melissa Middle School. The Melissa Masonic Lodge donated $1,500 to the Melissa Middle School Library.

Lance Rainey, the executive director of administrative services, gave an update on next year’s budget plan. Calculations for the budget will include an additional 10 new staff members and cost approximately $600,000. Some of the positions hired will be trained at another school, Deputy Superintendent Robert Rich said, and transitioned over to the new elementary school or high school when it opens.

An update was given on the construction of the sports complex. Kenny Deel, the executive director of operations, said dirt on the fields is being raised. The district has put out bids to find a construction manager for the new high school, that will be voted on by the board in June. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new high school will be held on April 17.

The board voted to approve a renewal of contacts for staff and teachers for the next year, and approved the first reading of the debate finalist to compete in the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky.