Dodge City Public Schools will establish a memorial fund in honor of the late Edward Jackson, who was a teacher at Dodge City Middle School.

    The Dodge City Public Schools Board of Education approved the creation of the fund on Monday.


    Dodge City Public Schools will establish a memorial fund in honor of the late Edward Jackson, who was a teacher at Dodge City Middle School.
    The Dodge City Public Schools Board of Education approved the creation of the fund on Monday.
    The idea for the memorial fund came after Jackson passed away in 2007, when his wife and patrons of the school district sought a way to honor his memory. Over time, it evolved into a scholarship fund in his honor.
    "It's grown, and that's lovely," said Sarah Schaeffer, librarian at the Dodge City Middle School. 
    Schaeffer said she thought Jackson would be pleased to have the fund provide scholarships for eighth-grade students because he believed in education so much.
    "Ed never knew a stranger, he never knew a kid he didn't like, he never met a kid he didn't believe in," she said. "He could see the good in absolutely everybody."
    Schaeffer said she remembered Jackson as always having a great smile, a big handshake and telling everyone to stay happy.
    "The last thing he would say to you was, 'Stay happy,'" she said. "That's something all of us remember him saying."
    The memorial fund will be used to honor one or more eighth-grade students who have shown a positive attitude toward school and their peers. Schaeffer said teachers will discuss the fund throughout the year and nominate students who have shown character and demonstrated an attitude similar to Jackson's about life and education.
    The student must also have a 2.5 or higher grade point average, practice the ability to inspire others and be caught doing good things in and out of the classroom.
    One or more students will be recognized in the spring at the Cardinal Jam Assembly, where they will be awarded approximately $400 to $500 to be used to continue their education after high school. 
    In other business:
    • The board accepted a $20,000 donation from Danny and Janis Reichenborn, who have more than 50 years combined service within the district, to establish the Danny and Janis Reichenborn Family Scholarship Fund.
    The fund will be administered through the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas, which will also match 50 percent of this donation. 
    • Public information coordinator Seth Eckelman announced improvements to Channel 21, the school district's public education government channel on Cox Communications cable.
     The district recently upgraded equipment used for the channel's programming to elevate its quality. Schools also received video cameras and digital cameras to help expand the content available on television as well as the updated Web site.
    People can visit www.usd443.tv to view board meetings, school programs and other Channel 21 content under the "Video-On-Demand" section.
    Board member Ethel Peterson said she visited the Web site and found it very useful to watch district videos at her convenience. 
    "I was thrilled with the Video-on-Demand and seeing the programs on my time," she said.
    Eckelman said more content will be available soon online and on television, including videos submitted by schools and teachers, pictures, lunch menus, course catalogs and educational programs, such as bedtime stories and bilingual content. 
    • Sunflower Bank President Dave Wetmore presented a $35,628 check to the board. This donation from Sunflower Bank is from interest earned from the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds Program.
    "I really appreciate Sunflower Bank," said Reichenborn, president of the school board. "This isn't something they have to do."
    • The board approved a $18,895 bid from Diamond Roofing for the Central Elementary School roofing project, to be paid from the capital outlay fund.

    Reach Cherise Forno at (620) 408-9931 or e-mail her at cherise.forno@dodgeglobe.com.