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USD 253 Board of Education hold first meeting of 2019 Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The USD 253 Board of Education had a brief agenda before them for their first meeting of 2019.

During the meeting board members approved two grants for local Elementary schools. The first grant was a Target Field Trip Grant from William Allen White Elementary in the total of $700. The Target Field Trip Grant program was established in 2007 and provides funds for K-12 schools to provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

Any educator 18-years or older who works for an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school that maintains a 509c3 or 509a1 tax-exempt status are eligible to apply for the grant. The grant was applied for by W.A. White teacher Hannah Prophet to allow 4th and 5th-grade students to go bowling.

The second request came from representatives of both W.A. White and Riverside Elementary schools for approval to accept Healthy Habits for Life Grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Prophet received $1,000 for W.A. White to be used by the Physical Education department to purchase "Active! It's Your Move!" rolling dice warm-up sets and "ACTION! CatcHit!" Lacrosse and Racquet sets to be incorporated into all physical education classes to encourage teamwork and physical activity.

Riverside Elementary teacher Carla Fessler received $800 to be used for prizes at the Riverside "Walk to be Fit" afternoon. During this event, families will join their students in activities such as walking.

Board members also approved Emporia High School to change the names of two courses as it was discovered a change to the name of the Business Pathway course was overlooked during the enrollment handbook review and editing process.

Also during the meeting, the board took time to recognize Emporia Middle School consumer science teacher Shelly Perez and EMS AVID teacher Robert Ovsak (Oh-Shaw) for their Kansas Teacher of the Year nominations. The board also recognized Kansas Master Teacher nominee Jill Lynch, an instructional strategist at Walnut Elementary.

One executive session took place during the meeting, no action was taken.

The board’s next regular meeting will take place Jan. 23 at Emporia High School. Before the regular meeting gets underway, the Board will meet with the Emporia High School Student Council.


Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

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