USD 382 BOE members learned of student success at October 8, 2018 meeting.
The success of USD 382 Pratt students continues to be a source of pride for board of education members, parents and community, and a highlight of monthly Pratt BOE meetings like the one held October 8. Students representing Future Business Leaders of America, Beyond the Bell activities and a national honor choir selection attended the meeting as guests and spoke to board members.
Three FBLA members, accompanied by their sponsor Jennifer Wahrman, came to the meeting with a budge outlining revenue, expenditure and money in their account. They requested $140 from the district to complete their fundraising for a trip to Chicago for the National FBLA conference. Logan Martin, president, explained the charter bus trip which will transport FBLA members from across Kansas to their activities.
Board members approved their request and added an additional $360 for their food budget. The group will be selling cinnamon rolls to finish fundraising efforts.
Beyond the Bell Director Katie Teets and para Katie Prieto brought eight Southwest Elementary students to the board meeting so they could explain the fun they are having with BTB.
"The new activities are focused on character traits, STEM, art, dance and homework," said Superintendent Suzan Patton. "They have gone to the humane society and read books to animals for one of their field trips."
Pratt High School senior David Mathis is one of seven in Kansas, and one of 240 in the nation, recently selected to sing in the National Honor Choir. The board pledged financial support for Mathis and his vocal music teacher Brandon Wade to travel to Florida in November, where both will attend workshops, work with nationally known choir directors and represent Pratt High School.
"To our knowledge, David is the first Pratt student to be chosen for this honor," Patton said.
In other business, board members:
* were notified that Pratt Health Coalition and Pratt County Extension are working together to create a walking trail that would connect to sidewalks at Southwest Elementary from the corner of Eighth Street and Iowa Street, proceeding north 1,250' and then east 1,250' to benefit the community and students
* learned the district's city utility bill was about $6,000 less than last year at this time, with no apparent reasons, other than perhaps the increased efficiency of new units at Southwest
* approved language updates to school policies pertaining to bullying and other disciplinary issues.