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Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Hutchinson, KansasThe Hutchinson news saturday March 21, 2015 a5 f rom p age o be should not reflect negatively on the school districts and that the administrations of the schools worked in cooperation with Law enforcement. We had several students in the last six months transported to the Hospital in critical condition after being overdosed on drugs Henderson said. We wanted to get to the Bottom of it. On Jan. 14, a 16 year old Buhler High school student was arrested for Selling k2. A 16 and 15 year old student became ill after smoking the drug and were transported to the Hospital. The intent of this investigation was to continue into other school districts How Ever it was terminated due to student safety concerns Henderson said in the news release. We have drugs in every school but it got to the Point we had to end it before it got to other schools he said. Ray Hemman director of Public information for us 308, said a joint discussion Between Law enforcement and Hutchinson High occurred months ago for the betterment of the Community. We worked with Law enforcement As a proactive measure to Deal with Community issues and drug issues that make their Way into the schools Hemman said. He added that the investigation was Good for the Community and it keeps the students and staff Safe. Hemman said no arrests were made at Hutchinson High on Friday and there was an 11 30 a. M. Dismissal for the students which was planned in Advance and not related to the arrests. The news was unable to reach Nickerson and Buhler school officials Friday after noon. Henderson explained that the investigations purpose was to protect and a Send a message to the Community to Stop drugs from entering schools. I Hope its effective and sends a message out. Drugs have a negative effect on Peoples lives. Some May say catching kids Early is a bad thing but it will have a positive Impact if we Stop it now. They Are not an adult yet and wont be punished like they Are an adult. Sure people will think we Are targeting kids and picking on them but we will do what weave got to do to keep drugs out of the schools Henderson said. Undercover from Page a1 we had several students in the last six months transported to the Hospital in critical condition after being overdosed on drugs. We wanted to get to the Bottom of it. Reno county sheriff Randy Henderson carrying out an in House lunch service talk to Sellers about buying Short dated items raise the Standard lunch prices by 50 cents making them $ 3 a meal for lower grades $ 3.50 a meal for upper grades shrink the payroll because the part time hours required by staff completing paperwork for the govern ment wont be needed get at least half of those 55 students who dont buy lunch to Start buying lunch at school. We will have More Calo Ries but the kids need More calories Kuhns said. As news circulated Friday cafe Teria staff and students were doing the Happy dance Kuhns said. The teacher who spurred the action is no longer at Central Christian but his argument about the governments heavy hand resonated with the Board according to Kuhns. Philosophically we believe the government has its god Given place Kuhns said but there should be restrictions he said. This is one example of the govern ment reaching too far. Kuhns said he found that some other private schools such As Berean Academy in Elbing and Trinity Academy Wichita also did not rely on the National school lunch program. According to Cheryl Johnson director of child nutrition and wellness in the Kansas state department of education three private schools in Kansas that had participated in the National school lunch program in 2013 14, dropped it for 2014 15 Central Christian Academy Wichita Cair caravel latin school Topeka and St. Joseph Oakley. One of those schools lost its food service director and another of the schools had declining participation Johnson said. Some go off for a year and then come Back on if circumstances change Johnson said. Informal data gathered from across the country by the u. S. Department of agriculture revealed that 1,519 schools had dropped out of the National school lunch program since 2012 13, according to Anjali Budhiraja Public affairs specialist with the us a food and nutrition services regional office in Denver. They tended to be smaller schools with a Small percent age of students on free and reduced lunches she said. Of those 1,519 schools Budhiraja said 34 percent left the National program for reasons related to the healthy hunger free kids act regulations she said. We Are trying this for one year Kuhns said. Lunch from Page a1 schools struggle with substitute shortage b y t of c Oyne associated press South Bend ind. Carrie swing a snot alarmed when her fifth Grade daughter Ivy spent a Day in a first Grade classroom at her san Francisco school filling out worksheets and helping younger students read be cause no substitute could be found for her absent teacher. But when it happened the next four Days too swing became so concerned that she considered quitting her Public relations Job to Homeschool her daughter. The situation was really awful swing said. The kids had a sense of nobody yes in charge Here a and i think that was really hard on them. Although ivys school represents an extreme example districts throughout the country have reported struggles finding substitute teachers. School officials say the shortage worsened As the unemployment rate improved and Job seekers who might have settled for a part time Job such As substitute teaching Are now insisting on full time positions with better pay and benefits. Geoffrey Smith founded the substitute teaching Institute at Utah state which in 2008 spun off into an online training program for substitutes. He said hers unaware of any National statistics about unfilled substitute teaching posts although an unscientific Survey conducted by his organization last year found 48 percent of districts responding reported severe or somewhat severe shortage of substitute teachers. In Washington state a preliminary Survey late last year by the office of the state actuary found 84 of 94 school districts that responded had trouble finding substitutes. In West Virginia lawmakers voted in 2013 to require Central office administrators to fill in for absent teachers three Days a year. Gary Zgunda director for human resources and student services at Hamilton Southeastern schools in Fishers Indiana said the school District this year is Able to fill about 93 percent of its openings Down from 97 percent last year. Those willing to substitute can be selective. Jodi Smith who lives in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers has a Mas terms degree in International affairs and knows she could earn More Money elsewhere. But she works As a substitute teacher mostly to keep the same schedule As her children who Are in fifth and eighth grades. I get to drive them to and from school she said. I get to know the teachers in the building and the kids and then i have a Little bit More information on whats going on. The alternatives to substitutes All have drawbacks officials say. Dividing classes into other rooms make it More difficult for teachers to be effective. In Northern Indiana some school districts have raised substitute teacher pay to try to help ease the problem. Elkhart Community schools which for years has paid the districts retired teachers $ 100 a Day to substitute began of Fering the same rate to retired teachers from elsewhere. Tressa Decker principal of horizon elementary school in Granger Indiana said the substitute shortage at her school was so severe that she even recruited her Mother a retired High school English teacher to teach first Grade. The 5 year Olds told her what to do and she did great Decker said. Michael Conroy associated press in this feb. 5 photo substitute teacher Jodi Smith teaches a fifth Grade class at Riverside intermediate school in Fishers ind. School districts throughout the country have reported struggles to find substitute teachers

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