Andrew Gaddis

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

USD 377 leaders agreed by consensus to give Dr. Andrew Gaddis, superintendent of Atchison County Community Schools, a thumbs up apply for grant funding in an effort to pursue funding for security improvements for the schools.

Board members gathered Wednesday, May 8 to conduct their regular business meeting that took place in the ACCJSHS Library. The grant application was one of the first matters board members addressed for the night.

Gaddis credited Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie for offering insight about the funding opportunities through the 2019 cycle for the COPS School Violence Prevention Program. If successful the grant provides 75 percent of funding for things to boost security for the benefit of primary pupils and secondary students.

Gaddis indicated he expected to apply for the funding to provide things like secure doors and windows as well as some other equipment. The deadline to apply for the grant is Friday, May 31.

The conversation then shifted toward speculation about the amount of funding the district might expect to receive in regards to state funding.

Gaddis and Business Manager Megan Gracy both agreed it is too early to make a projection. Gaddis told board members the earliest estimate might come to light sometime in July.

After the state sends releases the budget software would carry with it a more solid prediction concerning the district’s financial status, Gracy indicated. Gaddis indicated he would keep board members advised on the status of the grant application.

In other matters,

board members:

Changed the meeting date for their next regular meeting to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

Convened behind closed doors to enter into executive sessions for a combined total of 21 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel matters; board members discussed employer-employee negotiations for 23 minutes. Gaddis was present for all sessions. Board Member Lori Jones exited the executive session 10 minutes early for a personal matter.

After board members resumed regular business they unanimously approved the hiring of Piper Crane as the English Language Arts teacher for the 2019-20 schoolyear at ACCHS.

Unanimously approved to contract with Keystone to acquire an additional 2.5 units to expand the Parent as Teachers services provided to the district.

Board members also unanimously approved a request from ACCHS Alumnus Shaun Pickering allowing him to access the district’s closed motor vehicle records he requested.

Board members also recognized the following staff and students:

Extra Yard Teacher – Angie Kimmi;

Addison Schletzbaum for his first place finish at the State Science and Engineering Fair;

Austin Acheson for his vocal solo and Soundmasters Boys Ensemble awards at the State Music competition;

Victoria Caplinger for garnering a 12th place finish for impromptu speaking at State Forensics competition;

Kansas Governor’s Scholar – Jaycee Ernzen;

and Sarah Johnson for earning an honorable mention to earn a spot in the Capital Journal All-State Academic Team.

Patrons are invited to a retirement reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, to honor Dan Coder and Julie Dillon at the Board of Education Office located along Main Street in Effingham.

Mary Meyers can be reached


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