GIRARD — The Girard Board of Education on Thursday accepted a $15,970 donation to be used for improvements to the Girard Activity Center.

"The center gets a lot of use and provides a lot of opportunity for the youth of the community," said Superintendent of Schools Blaise Bauer. The funds will be for turf carpeting, which is used throughout the facility. 

The USD 248 board also approved accepting a $500 donation from Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas to the Champions for Learners program.

The board also discussed the district's 4-year-old at risk program and will be bringing the program's administration in-house, Bauer said. While the program has been housed in district facilities in the past the administration and staffing of the at-risk program was conducted through Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center.

"If Greenbush kept control of the program they would have had to increase what we had to pay them," Bauer said. The move will save the district money beginning next school year, he said.

Bauer said Greenbush has basically served as a pass-through organization for state grants funding for the at-risk 4-year-old program.

In other business, the board:

• Heard an update report on district construction projects. Bauer said while weather delays have slowed from aspects of construction the overall project remains on track.

• Discussed the district's nearly three-year-old strategic plan. Bauer said the board and district rely on the plan's objectives regularly in the decision making process, and:

• Heard a report from Rich Neil on transportation, including the age of buses, routing and mileage.

— Mike Elswick is a staff writer for The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ mike_elswick.