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Adams Central Public Schools is seeing increased use of an after-school program partnership with the Hastings Family YMCA, the board of education said at its regular meeting on Monday.

Conni Fritzler, director of the YMCA’s after-school program, said a total of 72 children are enrolled in the program. On average, they see about 23 students.

She said students are currently focusing on social-emotional skills and spending time on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects and art projects.

She said the children also enjoy playing board games as well as playing sports.

Looking forward to the summer session, Fritzler said 15 students signed up within days of registration opening.

“We look forward to continuing to build relationships with these children this summer,” she said. “We are delighted to have him back at school this summer.”

Superintendent Shawn Scott said the administration plans to use grant funds to provide the summer session free to resident students.

Board chairman Dave Johnson said the board was pleased to hear the program was going well.

“Thank you for the work you do and this partnership,” he said.

The board also heard an update on the alternative education program.

Aub Boucher, Director of Alternative Education, said they started the year with three students in the program and that will increase next year. He said there are currently two seniors, five juniors and two sophomores.

High school principal Scott Harrington said officials are working to formalize an application process for the program. He said the goal was to keep as many students in high school as possible, but the program helps struggling students. He said part of the reason usage of the program has increased is because more students understand it’s an option.

Johnson thanked Boucher and Harrington for the work they did on the program.

“It’s very necessary and valuable,” he said.

In other cases counsel:

  • Approval of a contract with the Nebraska Safety Center for summer driving lessons.
  • Accepted the resignations of Allyson Bohlen, Maci Sharp and Katie Feezell.
  • Approved the contracts of Rebecca Christensen and Mary Koch as speech pathologists for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Approved Teran Boyer’s contract as a teacher for the 2022-23 school year.

The next regular meeting will take place on April 11 at 6:30 p.m.