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March 14, 2014

District 80 sees rise in homeless

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“We are pretty much about the same every year,” Cooper said. “I don’t feel like there’s ever a big jump.”

Even so, district officials closely monitor the homeless statistics since there are a lot of students who lack “adequate living conditions,” Cooper said.

Lawrence said the district did see an increase in homeless students when the U.S. economy went bad in 2008.

She added that the New Life Family Shelter, operated by Lifeboat Alliance, does a great job helping local homeless families find more permanent housing.

Cooper said District 80 has access to federal grant funding to provide homeless students with clothing, hygiene supplies, food, transportation and other needed items.

This funding comes from a portion of the district’s Title I grant, as well as money provided through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Other District 80 Board actions Wednesday included:

n Approval of the hiring of Gena Capps as head coach for the girls softball team at Casey Middle School, and Tosha Ellis as an assistant coach for that team.

n Approval of the resignations of Jeff Smith as a cook helper at the district’s Central Kitchen, Carleka Spann as the dance team head sponsor and Sara Wiggins as an assistant dance team sponsor. The district is currently seeking applicants for these three openings.

n Approval of the transfer of individual aide Joyce Damron from the J.L. Buford Intermediate Education Center to the Dr. Andy Hall Early Childhood Center.

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