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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • District discusses activity policy

  • The McPherson Board of Education discussed its extracurricular policies Monday night as part of a continuing discussion about whether to allow virtual school students to participate in certain district activities.
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  • The McPherson Board of Education discussed its extracurricular policies Monday night as part of a continuing discussion about whether to allow virtual school students to participate in certain district activities.
    The board’s current policy requires students to be full-time students at a district school. State policy only requires students to attend one class in a district school so long as they are enrolled in an accredited virtual school.
    The board has compared its policy to other schools in the county and state. Randy Watson, superintendent, said policies around the state are mixed.
    One concern about changing the policy has to do with funding. Because some virtual school students do not attend McPherson schools full-time, the district does not receive as much funding for these students.
    The money the district receives for a student enrolled in only one class may not cover the cost for them to participate in activities, such as football and basketball.
    The board plans to make a decision about whether to change its policy at a future meeting.
    Improvements
    The board also heard a report about construction projects in the district. Dirt and concrete work has started at the Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary additions.
    Officials from these schools reported there have been no significant complaints regarding traffic flow.
    In other business, the board:
    n Approved a bid of $33,865 from Theatrical Services Inc. to replace the light board in the McPherson High School theater. This money will come from the board’s contingency fund. The board had budgeted $40,000 for this project.
    n Accepted gifts to district schools from Rotary Club, the McPherson County Community Foundation, Zoetis Animal Health Products, Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home and an anonymous donor.
    n Discussed placing district artwork in the new McPherson Museum.
    The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the district offices.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.

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