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USD 308 Board of Education Receives Childcare Program Update; Approves Virtual School Handbook


By USD 308 Board of Education


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Ashley Webster, Director of Head Start, gave an update to the board. This included information about Parents as Teachers, Pre-K classrooms, USD 308 child care center, Reno County Head Start, and Reno County Education Cooperative. Information included funding mechanisms for each program and future needs and goals.

221 children are enrolled in the Head Start program for the 2023-2024 school year, still needing 3 more teachers. These three positions will serve 3-5 year olds. The combined capacity of all the programs is 579 children when completely staffed. Programs are aligning staffing with regulatory environment by recruiting staff members that are a good fit. Webster is hopeful to fill these positions mid-year and open additional rooms to meet the needs of the community.

During the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Johnson stated that the Hutchinson YMCA has requested to add on to their building or to build new, and they would like to build on the land where the current ESC/TSC building sits.  Dr. Johnson stated that she will work with the YMCA to have them present a Letter of Intent at the August board meeting.

Under Board action items, the board took action on the following items:

–       Adult meal prices are set for 2023-24 as $3 for breakfast and $5 for lunch.

–       Jon McLean, Athletic Director and Ryan Ewy, Hutchinson High School Principal,
gave an update and recommendations on students from our virtual and alternative schools to participate in Salthawk athletics, activities, and graduation.  With the passing of the Virtual School Handbook, the following policy was adopted:  “HVS Students will be able to participate in the Hutchinson High School Graduation if they are in good standing and have met the requirements of graduation. HVS students may participate in sports according to the KSHSAA requirements and are in good standing. HVS students may only participate in prom if they are invited by a current Hutchison High School student.”

–       The Board declined a teacher’s request to be released from his/her contract.

–       The complete agenda can be found here.