The Board of Education for USD 443 held its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14.
The meeting kicked off with awards from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force, which allotted Certificates of Merit to three USD 443 elementary schools as part of the 11th Annual Challenge Awards. The awards go to schools that have demonstrated outstanding achievement. Northwest Elementary was awarded for fifth grade reading, Miller Elementary was honored for third grade math and Wilroads Gardens was recognized for third grade reading.
Early in the meeting STUCO reports were given from Comanche STUCO President Angelica Hileman and Dodge City Middle School STUCO President Vanessa Teran. This was followed by a series of new business items that included a facilities discussion and two new measures that were brought to a vote.
An enrollment and class size update was given and it was discussed that enrollment is up throughout the school system. Jacque Feist gave a talk on graduation and dual credit requirements for Dodge City High School and it was brought to a vote to lower the school’s required number of credits for graduation from 28 to 26. Feist explained that the change would be made to allow for greater flexibility for second semester seniors. The measure was passed.
Susan Scherling discussed the recent Victory Electric Health Fair. The popular event was held at a new location this year, the Western State Bank Expo Center. Yvonda Acker discussed American Education Week’s ninth annual celebration, which will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Civic Center.
The second measure passed at the meeting was with regards to the Bright Beginnings Literacy Bus. A second bus was approved at the meeting. Representatives said that the second bus will be used for an expanded route.
Discussion on improved facilities spanned a number of schools, with the most pressing concern being noted as the need for expanding classrooms at the high school and elementary schools. Also mentioned was the fact that the gyms are also being used as cafeterias at Miller, Central and Northwest elementary schools. No measures, however, were passed regarding the facilities.