USD 457 board approves Parents as Teachers Program




The USD 457 Board of Education accepted a grant for the Parents as Teachers Program, approved miscellaneous hourly pay rates and approved a freezer repair at Friday morning's special meeting.

The Kansas State Board of Education approved USD 457's request for funding for the Parents as Teachers Program for fiscal year 2013-14. According to the KSBE's website,, the Parents as Teachers Program uses research-based curriculum to provide parents with the skills and knowledge they need to help them make the best decisions regarding their children's education. The program includes personal visits, group connections, health, vision, hearing and developmental screenings, and supports family connections with other community services.

The local school board approved the $190,304 grant, which requires that USD 457 provide 65 percent of the grant amount, or $123,697,60, to carry out the program. The state and local matching dollars are deposited into a Parents as Teachers fund, established for the grant program.

Board members also approved miscellaneous daily and hourly pay rates for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, certified tutors and other positions within the school district.

Rick Atha, USD 457 superintendent, also notified the board that a freezer repair was considered an emergency situation, so it was decided to forego the normal sealed bid process for its repair.

Board policy states that any repair exceeding $10,000 be put out for bids. The estimate received from Weber Refrigeration, the only local company available to repair the unit, was $11,947.

Dr. Atha said that because the warehouse begins receiving food for the next school year no later than July 15, and because receiving other bids for the repair would push the repair completion date to some time in August, it was decided to forego the normal sealed bid process for its repair and accept the estimate from Weber Refrigeration.

The next USD 457 board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 8.

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