Andrew Gaddis

Andrew Gaddis serves as superintendent of Atchison County Community Public Schools USD 377.

One paw stroke at a time, the USD 377 Tigers continue to seek funding to complete an outdoor learning campus to enhance an agriculture-based education model.

Board members convened Nov. 13 for their regular business meeting. They also accepted more $1,500 from various donors to construct a greenhouse for the Outdoor Learning Campus by way of three $500 donations.

Among these donations were the proceeds from Atchison County Community Elementary School pupils’ lip balm sales on behalf of the ACCES Parent Teacher Organization. Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and Atchison County Farm Bureau groups also chipped in $500 each for the endeavor.

Kayla Bodenhausen serves as the FFA sponsor and Vocational Agriculture educator at Atchison County Community High School. The Outdoor Learning Campus serves all youth in the enrolled in 377 schools. Bodenhausen said the campus facilitators continue their work towards the greenhouse through applying for grants as often as possible.

The hope is to have a greenhouse completely installed within the next five years, Bodenhausen said. Thus far all money for the greenhouse has been raised through grants and gifts.

Board members also accepted a $100 gift from Atchison County Farm Bureau to FFA.

Grant funding administered through a FFA Farm Bureau Grant will complete more raised garden beds in time for spring planting at the outdoor campus, Bodenhausen said.

Other gifts board members accepted during from their meeting agenda included: An $834.95 gift from the Tiger Booster Club for a new water fountain at ACCJSHS, $100 from Heartstrings to the softball program, $100 from Heartstrings to ACCHS National Honor Society chapter, $200 from Atchison County Livestock Association to FFA and $50 from the Effingham Community Club to the Soundmasters at ACCHS.

Board members passed a motion to solicit bids for installation of epoxy flooring instead of tiles as work proceeds to repair water damage in the auditorium.

Board members also recognized the following students:

ACCJHS volley team members as league champions, and the junior high school football team members as the undefeated league champions

Victoria Caplinger as a Kansas State Cross Country competitor Sara Johnson – first team

Jonna McDermed for NEK All League Volleyball

Tucker Smith for his NEK All League Football honors, as well as Lane Scoggins, Shawn Boos, Branson Brull and Trytin Myers.

The ACCJSHS Band, for placing second at Mission Valley Competition.

Ninth-graders Austin Acheson, Maci Behrnes and Kegan Lott and junior high-schoolers Dalton Damon, Aiden Lott, Hannah Simmers and Lillian White, all named to the Middle Level Honors Band.

Board members also approved the hiring of Shelley Smith as an elementary school aide, Skyla Stanley and Hailey Rush as supervised student custodians, Jarid Siard as a student custodian and Amy Althauser as a substitute teacher.

Board members also approved Hayleigh Carlton and Donald Zipp as volunteers.

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