March Notes from the Superintendent
Notes from the Superintendent
USD 286 Utilizing Grants and Federal Assistance To Upgrade Facilities
Chautauqua County Community, USD 286 is a progressive school district, constantly looking for ways to improve. The district is in the process upgrading facilities and is taking advantage of a variety of resources to do so. USD 286 has recently installed lights in the New Gym parking lot, is in the process of installing new security and surveillance equipment district-wide and will be installing new ovens and a new serving counter in the cafeteria this spring.
In November, three light poles, equipped with 6 LED lights, were installed in the New Gym parking lot. Previously the parking lot had no lighting and was a potential hazard at night, particularly after basketball games. The project ($13,500) was paid for entirely through the “Safe and Supportive Schools Grant”.
Currently 30 HD 720p security cameras and 4 recorders are being installed throughout the district. The new surveillance equipment will replace outdated equipment and will better allow district administration to monitor all buildings to keep our students, patrons and facilities safe. The cost of the surveillance equipment ($10,272) was paid for by the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP), a federal program designed to provide assistance to small, rural schools.
In March, USD 286 will be installing a Combi Oven, a Convection Oven and a Hot Food Serving Counter in the cafeteria. These items will be replacing outdated items and should make the schools cafeteria safer and more efficient. The equipment ($35,073) will be paid for through the “Food Service Equipment Assistance Grant.”
The USD 286 family is very excited about our recent facility upgrades and we hope they will help make our school a safe and welcome place. As many of you know, budgets are extremely tight in Kansas schools and we are very fortunate to be in a position to receive grants and federal assistance, which will allow us to continue allocating our district resources to meet the diverse needs of our students.