With a short agenda, the Dakota Valley School Board flew through their meeting Monday night, Feb. 10.

During Administrative Reports, Elementary Principal Kristi Maloney discussed a book vending machine. People are converting old candy and pop vending machines into functioning book vending machines. The machines use special tokens for students to use to pick a book.

Maloney has developed a plan to pay the ongoing costs associated with the machine. The plan she presented in the Dakota Valley School Board packet included the initial set-up costs, which a staff member has offered to raise, and ongoing costs she estimated at $1,600 to stock the machine with books every year. She stated that money could be raised through grant money, donations and a partnership with businesses and utilizing money raised from the Scholastic Book Fair. There are a few items that she needs to work out yet, such as what qualifies a student to receive a token. She plans on having 1,600 books available – four books for every student.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.