To help combat the Kansas teacher shortage particularly in Grant County, the Ulysses USD 214 school district has partnered with the Grant County Community Foundation to establish a fund to help retain and recruit good teachers.

“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,”  David Younger, superintendent of USD 214 schools, said in a press release. “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.”

According to the release, the Teacher Recruitment Fund will be funded by donations from anyone, at anytime and in any amount, and all the money in the fund can be withdrawn to pay for teacher recruitment and retention.

The money in the fund also can be used for paying 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, and the foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, so donations may be tax deductable, though those interested in donating should check with your accountant.

“We are honored to partner with USD 214 on this innovative new fund,” Cindy Davis, president of GCCF said. “We are excited to try this new approach and hope for great success.”

Those interested in donating to the fund can make checks payable to the Grant County Community Foundation and indicate it is for the USD 214 Teacher Recruitment Fund.

For more information, contact Younger at (620) 356-3655, or by mail at 111 S. Baughman St., Ulysses, KS 67880.

Those interested in donating can contact Judy Keusler, community coordinator for the GCCF at (620) 356-4233, (620) 356-2592, grantccf@gmail.com, or P.O. Box 65 Ulysses, KS 67880.