Kan. school district hiring Myanmar translator

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LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) A southwest Kansas school district is hiring a translator to help its 35 students from the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar.

The High Plains Daily Leader reports the board of Liberal USD 480 has voted to create a new paraprofessional position in teaching English as a second language.

Several families from the country formerly known as Burma have arrived recently in Liberal. District official Laura Cano says communication can be difficult, and not just because of the language barrier. Cano says there are also cultural issues.

For example, she says, some students don’t understand that they must attend school all day, every day. She says that some attend part of the day, then simply go home.

The new position will be funded with money set aside for bilingual classrooms.

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