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Morgan BOE OKs donation

Members of the Morgan County School Board voted Tuesday to approve a $4.5 million donation to Wartburg Central High School. The donation is part of the will of well-known Morgan County businessman and Wartburg Central grad Wayne Solomon and will provide $150,000 a year to his alma mater. When first announced, the gift caused some controversy since it was earmarked for only one school and no others in Morgan County. The money does come with some restrictions on how it can be used, including having to use purchase requisitions through the school system’s central office to monitor how the money is used over time. The money cannot be used to give Wartburg Central teachers raises above and beyond what their counterparts at other county schools make but can be used for teacher development and continuing education. Early ideas for the money include textbooks and computer upgrades as well as facility improvements, but more detailed plans will be formulated over the next couple of months. Also during Tuesday’s meeting, School Board Chairman Randy Harlan announced that he would be resigning effective immediately.

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