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Mabton School District Briefs

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Children's Village agreement approved

MABTON - The Mabton School District Board of Directors approved the Yakima Valley Mental Health Children's Village agreement at last night's (Monday) meeting.

The agreement will give funding to children under two years of age with special needs. It will help them be identified and have their needs addressed earlier.

Two to three students in the Mabton School District use the funding from the Yakima Valley Mental Health Children's Village agreement.

The students have to travel to Sunnyside, where the service is provided.

Teaching contracts approved

MABTON - Three new teachers had their contracts approved this past Monday at the Mabton School District Board of Directors meeting.

Ricardo Maldonado was hired on as a full-time P.E. teacher for the junior/senior high school.

The new special education resource teacher for the junior/senior high school is Susan Sartain.

Randall Stevens was hired on as a science teacher for the junior/senior high school.

Grants for gifted students and innovation

MABTON - Artz-Fox Elementary School received a grant in the amount of $5,2727 that will help pay for activities for gifted students in grades 3-6. The grant was approved at the Mabton School Board of Directors meeting this past Monday.

Dawn Weddle, principal of Artz-Fox Elementary School, has planned a program that will have 86 days of gifted activities for an hour and a half after school.

Acceptance into the program is based on teacher and parent recommendations and students' scores on an intelligence test.

Last year the grant allowed students to visit a sewing plant and the WSU experiment plant in Prosser.

A play is planned for this year, giving students the opportunity to learn job activities. They will make sets, learn how to ride a unicycle and how to juggle.

The Title V Innovative Education Grant will be used to buy accelerated reading quizzes and more resources for the school libraries.

According to Weddle, the grant of $4,000 will be split between the elementary school and the junior/senior high school.

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