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Gifts and grants approved by USD 428 board
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Here is a summary of other business from Monday’s Great Bend School Board meeting:

• Accepted $5,000 from the Panther Booster Club toward the purchase of an electronic sign at GBHS.
• Accepted $500 from American State Bank and Trust Company to support the community-wide literacy celebration of One District-One Book.
• Accepted an anonymous $400 gift from a patron for the playground equipment project at Park Elementary School.
• Accepted a $5,000 grant from the Midwest Energy Community Fund, awarded to the staff at Park Elementary School. Those funds will also be used for purchasing playground equipment for the K-6 students.
• Accepted a gift from GBMS Booster Club, which wishes to donate two microwave ovens to the school for use by students who bring sack lunch meals and wish to warm food.
• Approved the Notification of Title VI B and Early Childhood Flow-Through Budget Application. The public must be notified of the Title VI B and ECH budget, which covers salaries for licensed special education staff salaries. The 2015-2016 application amounts to $956,325 for Title VI B pass-through funds ($10,669 higher than the prior year) and $39,261 for ECH ($7 higher than the prior year).  For the next 30 days the budget application will be available for public review at the Barton County Cooperative of Special Education, located at the Washington Early Childhood Center, 2535 Lakin Ave.
• Approved Jefferson Elementary School’s request to submit a grant proposal to Character Lab to help cultivate the character skills of teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity. In order to complete a project, fifth-grade students, as a social studies group, would incorporate coding skills, problem resolution, creative thinking and collaborative learning.
• Approved purchasing door entry safety systems like the one recently installed at Riley Elementary School, for other elementary schools. Systems will be purchased from Dayton Security at a one-time cost of $1,723 each at Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln and Park Elementary Schools and at Washington Early Childhood Center.
• Approved the recommendation to have Polly Unruh serve another four-year term on the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors. Her first term ends on Dec. 31.