Grant to help R-5 School District improve security

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Southwest R-5 School Board heard that the district received a grant from the United States Department of Justice at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 22.

"The grant is officially named the Secure Our Schools grant," said Bob Walker, superintendent. "These grants allow schools to access funds to improve safety and security, provided there is a coordinated effort with local law enforcement departments."

The Southwest School District partnered with the City of Washburn and the Washburn Police Department in order to secure the $18,986 grant.

"Funds must be spent within two years, with our focus being to better secure entrances to our buildings," said Walker. "We have been examining our buildings and the layout of our campus from a safety standpoint and are committed to making improvements in these areas."

The board also hired Chris Branstetter, Ila Graves, Samantha Hollis, Judith Miller, Tobey Periman, Stephanie Vermeulen and Teresa Alverson as substitute teachers and Sallie Main as a substitute nurse during the meeting.

In other business, the Southwest School Board:

* Reviewed and approved the senior trip guidelines.

* Heard administrative reports.

* Reviewed the annual performance report (APR), which showed that the district met 12 standards for the second consecutive year.

* Approved an early graduation request from Hanna Clifton.

* Reviewed reports on the fall sports program and school safety.

* Held a one-hour executive session.

At its meeting on Oct. 13, the board:

* Hired Lisa Miller as a substitute teacher.

* Reviewed reports on the A+ program, special education, federal programs and early childhood services.

* Appointed Wanda Smith, special services director, as homeless coordinator, compliance coordinator and ELL coordinator for the 2011-12 school year.

* Approved the communication arts curriculum, bus routes, fiscal year 2011 annual secretary of the board report (ASBR) and the Missouri School Board Association full maintenance agreement.

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