The Cape Girardeau school district has crafted a draft of the comprehensive school improvement plan for 2017. Addressing poverty and its effects was among the plan’s top concerns. Superintendent Jim Welker said districtwide, 60 percent to 65 percent of students are economically disadvantaged, which works against them in pursuit of their education. Staff training to recognize and understand the effects of poverty on students’ education is planned. Another objective to address mitigating poverty’s effects is to explore ways to expand access to preschool facilities. Creating partnerships with groups, organizations, businesses and other entities in the community is another suggested objective. For another improvement the board approved a motion to allow the superintendent to negotiate a contract with company CDW-G to replace technology devices for all four high school grades at a cost of $301,875. For more information visit the Southeast Missourian.