Jo Co School District Will Use Grant for Reader

Dr. Rod Kessler
Dr. Rod Kessler

A Federal grant awarded to the Johnson County School District has been earmarked for a reader program at Clear Creek Middle School.

The classroom-reduction grant was originally used to help the district achieve a smaller student/teacher ratio, but changes in the State's rules allowed the district to use the grant in a different area.

Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler explained the change to the Board of Trustees at their meeting last week.

Kessler said the state wants local districts to use only state funding to achieve the desired class sizes. He believes the current rule is a flaw that will be corrected in the future, but for now, it must be followed.

Kessler believes the funding will be better used in the middle school reading program.

He said the district has been looking into creating the position anyway, but using this grant for the program will keep the money earmarked for it in the district's general fund.

Mary Odenbaugh will move into the reading program at Clear Creek Middle School beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

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