Board agrees to seek New Decisions grant
District officials are hopeful they will be able to keep an at-risk program's waiting list in check with additional grant funds from State Farm Insurance.
During the Lansing School Board's monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, assistant superintendent Donna Hughes told Lansing School Board members State Farm had asked the Lansing Educational Foundation Fund to apply for additional funding on behalf of the New Decisions program at LHS.
New Decisions, a program that provides academic and emotional support for LHS students, received a $1,490 grant through the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant program in November to add one hour per day to program facilitator Caren Freeman's salary during the second quarter of the school year.
Hughes told the board State Farm had asked the foundation to apply for the third and fourth quarters, which would provide $2,980 of additional funding.
In November, district officials said the additional financial support was crucial to reducing the program's lengthy waiting list from 47 students to about 40.
Additional funding would trim the program's waiting list even further.
In other action Monday, the board:
¢ Rescheduled its January meeting to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.16, in the Lansing Middle School music room, 509 W. Ida. The meeting was rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
¢ Reviewed a report on the construction fund.
¢ Heard a report on enrollment numbers provided by Randal Bagby, Lansing schools superintendent. The report listed total district headcount this school year at 2,293.
¢ Met with a parent in executive session for 20 minutes to discuss personal issues involving a student.
¢ Approved applications for out-of-district students to attend Lansing schools.
¢ Approved a memorandum of agreement between the city of Lansing and the school district related to the use of facilities.
¢ Approved a memorandum of understanding between Lansing Police and the school district. The memo provides guidelines for when to involve law enforcement personnel in school matters.
¢ Approved a cooperating district agreement among the six Leavenworth County school districts participating in the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative. The agreement establishes a legal, organizational and financial framework for the districts to operate within the co-op.
¢ Approved a memorandum of understanding between Lansing Correctional Facility and the school district related to inmate labor.
¢ Heard acknowledgments from Lansing Intermediate School principal Jan Jorgensen and LES principal Tim Newton. They acknowledged the Lansing PTA for organizing the schools' book fair and thanked those who helped, including Devon Bresser, Paula Hoines, Cheri Parr, Julie Edwards, Cindy Russell and Linda Mikkelson.
¢ Heard acknowledgments from LHS principal Steve Dike. He thanked district staff for their help with the addition of the 43-stall parking lot at LHS, which opened Monday. Dike also thanked the Leadership Council for playing host in November to the annual community Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens.
¢ Heard acknowledgments from board president Shelly Gowdy. She praised all of the Lansing schools for providing activities that involve community members of all ages. She also thanked the district's building and grounds personnel for their hard work during the winter storms that closed schools Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
¢ Heard a request from Hughes to appoint a board delegate in the future who would participate in the district's involvement with the Kansas Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to Schools program. In October, the district learned it had been approved for a $13,989 grant through the program, which, in part, promotes walking and biking to school and helps establish safe walkways, trails and bike paths.
¢ Reviewed administrative reports from the building principals.
¢ Accepted a $25 donation from MidAmerican Bank & Trust Co.
¢ Met in executive session for 40 minutes to discuss personnel issues, including contract negotiations and the superintendent's annual evaluation.
¢ Approved the appointment of Melissa Green as social studies teacher at LHS.
As part of its consent agenda, the board:
¢ Approved minutes from the Nov. 13 board meeting.
¢ Approved bills for the month.
¢ Approved the clerk's financial, treasurer's, investment securities and miscellaneous reports.