The St. Clair R-XIII School Board discussed options for a new district entrance sign off Highway 30 now that funds are almost raised thanks to FMB.

Several years ago, Farmers & Merchants Bank instituted the Bulldog debit cards for the public. Those who select credit when using the debit card, the district receives money as a promotional kickback from Visa, according to Superintendent Kyle Kruse.

Every six months, a check is delivered to the district from FMB.

“It’s kind of a win-win for the community, for the bank (and) for the school,” Kruse said during the Feb. 8 board meeting.

The money is put into an activities account. It was originally set up to save for a new school district sign off Highway 30.

Over the past five years, the district has accumulated approximately $36,000 from the Bulldog debit cards, according to Administrative Assistant Joyce Strothcamp.

FMB would like to promote the Bulldog debit cards again and work with the district to reach the project goal of $52,000, according to Kruse.

The bank would help “make it a goal of our community to, together, swipe the Bulldog debit card,” Kruse said.

“It’s a win for school, it’s a win for St. Clair.”

The current sign is “not in great condition,” he added. “We’ve had some folks who help us take care of it, but it has issues.”

Kruse brought before the board two design concepts for discussion. The new sign would be electronic and incorporate FMB in some way.

The plan is have a new school district sign in place by August.