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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • USD 443 Board approves grants, specifications

  • The USD 443 Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 11.Several grants and donations were approved at the meeting, including a KSDE School Improvement Grant for Sunnyside Elementary. The $22,163 grant will be targeted toward boosting student achievement and closing the achievement gap, $20,000 will be...
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  • The USD 443 Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 11. Several grants and donations were approved at the meeting, including a KSDE School Improvement Grant for Sunnyside Elementary. The $22,163 grant will be targeted toward boosting student achievement and closing the achievement gap, $20,000 will be used to pay language and literacy consulting costs and $2,163 will go to KLN - Kansas Learning Center for their work with the school. A Community Foundation Grant Award was also given to Bright Beginnings. The $1,000 grant will allow Bright Beginnings to fill backpacks for children who qualify for Bright Beginnings but are unable to attend, mostly due to the limitation of available seats. The backpacks will be filled with supplies for learning activities. Sunnyside Elementary received a $5,000 donation from Scholastic for being selected as a winner of a School of the Year contest. The board also approved the receipt of funds from the Francis R. Sullivan Estate. The consent agenda was followed by a series of presentations on curriculum and instruction. Mischel Miller gave a presentation on Kansas College and Career Ready Standards and Judy Beedles-Miller presented the Kansas School Accreditation Regulations. Ray Wipf gave an update on the iPad Initiative and said that the process is on schedule for the one-to-one initiative to begin in January. Yvonda Acker discussed the upcoming American Education Week Ninth Annual Celebration. A contract was approved with Benchmark Inc. for the completion of roof inspections for the school system's buildings at a cost of $28,300. Specifications were approved for new Transportation Department vehicles, including two maintenance pickup trucks and a multi-activity bus. The board approved a contract for design specifications for renovations to Miller Elementary. The renovations will include work to the exterior of the building including the front façade as well as work on classrooms located at the south end of the building. HVAC upgrades to Beeson, Linn and Soule Elementary Schools were also discussed at the meeting. The new rooftop units would carry a significant up-front cost but would last longer than the current systems. School security was also discussed at the meeting. While some schools have lockable classroom doors, others lack the feature. Nine out of 15 schools participate in lock down drills at least once per year. Eight have access to a tornado shelter. Weather radios are also available in each building. The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Monday, Dec. 9.

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