The Pratt USD 382 Board of Education approved the donation of two scholarships at its regular meeting Monday night.
Letha Mae Gilham will give a scholarship of $500 per year, renewable for up to four years, for a total gift of $4,000.
"She really wants to help kids go to college," Superintendent Suzan Patton commented.
In addition, the family of Clifford Brown, who taught welding and other vocational classes at Pratt High for many years, will give two $500 scholarships.
On the other side of the coin, the Board gave approval for Patton to donate surplus furniture to the Brighton Hall Academy in Nigeria, a school established by PHS graduate Adamma Ibeawuchi and her family.
"I'll take anything," Ibeawuchi told Patton, and she will make the arrangements for removing items from the building and shipping them to her school.
Patton commented that she took Ibeawuchi upstairs in the ACE building where excess furniture is stored, some in anticipation of future use, and some that will likely not be used again.
"You know everyone has a closet — we have a couple of classrooms," Patton said, and after approval of the donation was given, promised, "I'm not going to give the farm away. We'll keep the things we need."
She also said that school furniture sometimes sells at auction for $1.
As the first item on the agenda Monday, the Board approved a revised 2012-13 budget that gives spending authority for an additional $185,370 in funds available because of a greater-than-expected enrollment increase.
A bid of $51,971 from Integreen for replacement of rooftop units at Liberty Middle School was accepted. The bid was lower than that submitted by Adams Electric.
Principals discussed proposed revisions to faculty and student handbooks for 2013-14. Action will be taken at a later meeting of the BOE.
Southwest Principal Jason May mentioned changing the grading scale for kindergarten through second grade to match that used by third and fourth graders, to give more information to parents about their children's mastery of subject matter. He and assistant Principal Kirsten Blankenship also discussed a policy requiring that snacks brought to school come either from a store or a professional business. Labeling would help avoid food allergy issues.
LMS Principal Tony Helfrich and Pratt High Principal Steve Blankenship both outlined changes to discipline policies that would be create stiffer penalties for drug, alcohol and controlled substances, and at PHS, differentiate between "using" and "furnishing."
Blankenship noted that the emphasis reflects what he finds in the office — four percent of the kids take up 90 percent of the time.
Personnel changes included:
• the resignation of Dean Rausch, PHS student services and girls basketball and volleyball coach; and hiring Shelby Nesbit as head volleyball coach,
• resignation of Forest Mazey, PHS physical education, weight-lifting and head football and track coach; and hiring Jamie Cruce for P.E., weightlifting and football coach,
• retirement of Don Buhler as LMS and PHS band director; and hiring Peter Weinert for the same positions,
• position switches that will result in Jennifer Inslee teaching first grade and Sarah Simon kindergarten,
• a transfer of David Swank from PHS math to student services; and hiring Derek Liggett for the math position,
• a switch in positions for David and Molly Swank, making him head LMS volleyball coach and her the assistant,
• retirement of activity bus driver Leo Holmes,
• hiring Debbie Hawk and Pat Jellison for the summer lunch program.
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