“As the back to school activities started this year and we still had teacher positions to fill, I found myself recruiting teachers for USD #214 during a personal trip to Minnesota . We need to try something different,” said David Younger, Superintendent of Schools.
To prepare students for college and a productive life, it takes teachers—good teachers, inspired teachers, teachers that are dedicated and committed. Teachers are at the heart of the school and we want to attract and retain the brightest and best for USD #214.
So, what can we do? Good teachers will tell you they don’t teach for the money, and yet, we all know money matters. School budgets have become increasingly complex, regulated and tight. The dollars may not be there to do as much as we’d like. What can we do to help?
In a bold initiative, USD #214 has established a fund in the Grant County Community Foundation to help recruit and retain good teachers. Here’s how it works:
- It is funded by donations from anyone, at anytime and in any amount
- All of the money in the fund can be withdrawn to pay for teacher recruitment & retention
- May be used to pay on student loans for teachers or for scholarships to college seniors that would come to Ulysses to teach
- The money in the fund is invested by Grant County Bank Trust Department
- The foundation is a 501(c)3 organization so donations may be tax deductable (you should check with your own accountant)
- Make checks payable to Grant County Community Foundation & indicate it is for the USD #214 Teacher Recruitment Fund
We all know teachers are VIP’s to their students and make a life-long investment in their student’s futures. This new fund is one step to building the teacher workforce needed to do our best. Consider making a gift now to this worthy cause or even better set up a payroll deduction with your employer to make a regular donation.
“We are honored to partner with USD #214 on this innovative new fund,” said Cindy Davis, President of GCCF. “We are excited to try this new approach and hope for great success”!
For more information contact:
David Younger, Superintendent Judy Keusler, Community Cordinator
USD #214 Grant County Community Foundation
111 S. Baughman Street P. O. Box 65
Ulysses, Kansas 67880 Ulysses, Kansas 67880
620-356-3655 620-356-2592 (Home) 620-356-4233