USD 382 Pratt Board of Education supports students with payments for live-stream enhancements, facility upgrades and inspirational seminars.

Pratt Community College education students got an introduction into the expense of conducting school when they attended the USD 382 Board of Education meeting Monday, along with their instructor Rhonda Westerhaus. Pratt Superintendent Suzan Patton highlighted several items on the monthly report of bills to be paid, including $154,916 final payment for the press box/bleachers upgrade, $21,388 in utilities to the City of Pratt and $77,246 to Missouri Equipment Leasing for the SW Modular building recently installed.
A lesser item on the monthly statement was payment for live-stream connections to the high school commons area for the projection of wrestling, basketball and professional learning day use as well as overflow in that area when needed.
“I think this will be a great addition to the commons area,” Patton said. “It will make it easier for us as a school body to stay connected with what is going on.”
The board approved the total amount for mostly payments of $442,380, which included additional items like Front Row Education (classroom enrichment), Power School (school management programs) and Simplex (an alarm system for the new modular room).
“Some of these are not great expenditures but they definitely make an impact on the quality of education we provide here,” Patton said.
Additional guests at the regular board meeting were several PHS student council representatives and JAG students Meredith Queal and Allen Roberts, along with JAG instructor David Fritas who spoke to the board about Jobs After Graduation activities. Queal spoke to the board about how JAG classes and her advisor, Fritas, had helped her develop leadership and employment skills.
In other business, board members:
* heard that the new sandwich bar in the high school cafeteria has increased usage as is appreciated by students
* extended thanks to the SCCF for grants of $7,000 and $2,000 that will go toward water bottle refilling stations and medical equipment for a student health fair
* appreciated local law enforcement and district faculty and staff who helped with the recent email threat crisis that shut down classes and school-related activities for two days earlier in the month. Patton especially recognized city patrol officer James Sheldon and Jeff Ward, as well as assistant superintendent David Schmidt and transportation director Clint Jones for their work in handling the incident.