UCPS board members hear update of Christmas Assistance Program

With Christmas Day right around the corner, Union County Public Schools’ Christmas Assistance Program will help nearly 400 children in the county whom otherwise may not have had a Christmas.

Melissa Cook with the school’s Family Resource Center told board members during last night’s school board meeting that each year the Christmas Assistance Program grows and she always worries about how it’s going to work out, but she added it always does especially with more community partners and school staff stepping up to help.

The 375 children whose parents applied for Christmas assistance are students at schools across the district.

She noted that a lot goes into this program, because if there are several siblings enrolled in the school district they have to ensure that one angel goes out to a church. She added that all of the schools’ agencies do an amazing job of taking care of the district’s children.

Superintendent Patricia Sheffer thanked everyone involved from staff members to local businesses and organizations.

Sherri Collins, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, updated board members of the Brigance Kindergarten Screening Results for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school year which screens students on Kindergarten readiness which showed 70% of Uniontown Kindergartners more ready than the other schools in the county.

In addition, Interventionist Kim Christian updated board members on a school-wide writing plan of how they are helping students communicate their knowledge through writing and continue to grow their writing skills.

During student recognitions, UCHS Principal Evan Jackson introduced Presley Henshaw, a junior at the high school, who has been accepted into the prestigious Gatton Academy Math and Science, on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.

In other business, board members approved the financial report presented by Director of Finance Amy Morris as well as a property tax refund of around 79-hundred dollars to Trelleborg.

And board members unanimously approved to move forward on hiring a Garden Coordinator by using a grant awarded to the district earlier this year.

The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be held Monday evening, January 25, 2016 at 6:00.

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