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Former principal finds rich rewards in building after-school programs

October 15, 2006

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To some, he always will be remembered as Danny Manning's high school basketball coach.

Others know him as the former principal at Central Junior High School.

And now, Ted Juneau is taking a different career path: Since July, he's been working with groups across Kansas to build better after-school programs.

"We have over 500,000 kids who are school-aged. I would say 30 percent of those kids have nobody at home when school is out," said Juneau, director of the Kansas Enrichment Network, based at Kansas University's School of Education.

"With high-stakes testing around the state, I think schools have found that after-school programming can do lots of things," Juneau said.

That includes not only tutoring and academic enrichment but also fine arts and music, he said.

'Rich' experience

Juneau, who spent 24 years in Lawrence public schools, first came into the spotlight in the early 1980s.

That's when Juneau was the Lawrence High School basketball coach of Danny Manning, who later led KU to a national basketball title and went on to be an Olympian and NBA All-Star.

Ted Juneau, former principal at Central Junior High School, now works for a program that funds after-school programs across the state.

Ted Juneau, former principal at Central Junior High School, now works for a program that funds after-school programs across the state.

Juneau later became principal at Central Junior High School, where he worked 11 years until retiring at the end of last semester.

His latest foray into education is at KEN, which is charged with distributing about $1 million a year in grants for after-school programs in Kansas.

"My experience with after-school programs has been pretty rich," Juneau said. While at Central, Juneau worked with others to create an after-school program with a budget of only about $1,000.

"We felt it was important to have an open gym," he said. "I always knew the value of that. I've had that experience of doing something on a shoestring, then having federal money to help really develop a competent program."

Three local grants

Lawrence gets three 21st Century grants administered through KEN, according to Sandee Crowther, the executive director of planning and program improvement for Lawrence's school district.

Crowther directs the after-school programs with Janet Murphy, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

Crowther and Murphy said they work closely together and with the After School Alliance, an advisory panel, to operate the local before- and after-school programs.

Crowther said the programs cost about $1,000 per child for about 1,000 to 1,200 students.

"It's a million-dollar investment in the community for those 1,000 kids," Crowther said.

Murphy said the after-school programs begin with snack time, then a "power hour" of homework, followed by games, recreation and education programs.

The programs are funded with a combination of fees from parents, grants from local government and through Boys and Girls Club fundraising efforts.

The three 21st Century grants coming to Lawrence through KEN are: $124,998 at New York School; $218,000 for Woodlawn, Pinckney and Kennedy Schools; and about $90,000 at Central, Crowther said.

Revenue is key

The KEN program has more than 60 partners throughout the state, including parent teacher associations, Boys and Girls Clubs, and YMCAs.

"We want to ensure whatever the grantees proposed for their programs, that's what happens," he said.

He said after the three-year grant period, KEN also works with local communities to help sustain those programs financially.

"It's for those kids that don't have those opportunities that we should be working hard to provide," Juneau said.

Comments

kramdorf 8 years, 7 months ago

But I knew the program when it was on a shoestring budget, and it had just as much affect on the youth of this community. We were very fortunate that with Ted Juneau, his heart made up for the lack of budget. And there in lies my point, it's doesn't have to be about the money.

johnadavies 8 years, 7 months ago

It's good to know Ted Juneau is still out there doing good things for kids. My son's were both lucky enough to have had him as a principal at CJHS and we have always appreciated having him involved in things! We wish him well with the Kansas Enrichment Network!

kramdorf 8 years, 7 months ago

I truly believe that the after school programs are worthwhile and necessary, but was the following seen as a problem to anyone else but me? Then - "While at Central, Juneau worked with others to create an after-school program with a budget of only about $1,000." And NOW - "and about $90,000 at Central, Crowther said." You can't tell me that the results we are getting for that money now are any better, for any more students than what Ted Juneau was able to do through his caring and dedication to the students of Lawrence. Too bad those mean Republicans won't keep giving us more money for these programs. Maybe it's NOT about the money.

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