Kathy Dzewaltowski, observer
The board was provided information about the School Mental Health Initiative (SMHI), which would involve the district’s partnering with Pawnee Mental Health Services. The initiative is a newer initiative funded by a grant through special education. Children who have experienced “adverse childhood experiences” are more likely to have issues with learning. Staff can also struggle with mental health well-being. The socio-emotional realm is another component of the multi-tiered levels of support the district already provides. The board approved signing a letter of support for USD 383’s participation in the SMHI.
The board was also provided with an update on bond-related projects. The projects at Eugene Field, College Hill Preschool, and the new elementary building in Blue Township are progressing to the design development phase.