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USD 421 extends search for new superintendent

LYNDON — The USD 421 Board of Education interviewed three candidates during special meetings March 13-15 for the superintendent position that will be vacant after June 30. Cheryl Cook, superintendent, had submitted her resignation during the Oct. 12, 2016, board meeting, which the board accepted.

The three candidates who were interviewed were Troy Damman, superintendent of USD 272, Downs; Adam McDaniel, superintendent of USD 322, Onaga; and Jeff Jones, principal of West Palins High School, Ransom.

USD 434 considers list of capital outlay projects

SCRANTON — The USD 434 Board of Education revisited a board survey of interest in a variety of capital outlay projects for the district during its March 8 regular meeting.

At the February meeting, Steve Pegram, superintendent, asked the board to vote on the projects they would like to see pursued by the district, as a gage of interest.

The voting saw the strongest support for two items – security cameras at Carbondale and hiring a full-time curriculum director. The curriculum director position was pitched at the January board meeting.

USD 456 board member submits resignation

MELVERN — The USD 456 Board of Education accepted the resignation of board member Scott McCollom at the end of its board meeting Monday.

“It’s been a great honor, and I have worked with the best school board I could ever work with,” McCollom said. “Thank you all.”

“On behalf of the board and the district, we do appreciate your service to the students and staff of USD 456,” said Ted Hessong, superintendent. “We know you always had the best interest of the kids at heart.”

Explorers, state officers make presentations

SCRANTON—The USD 434 Board of Education hosted presentations from fifth and 11th grade students during its Feb. 8 regular meeting.

Students in Cindy Moulin’s fifth grade class spoke on top of PowerPoint slideshows with questions they asked and answered through a weekly research project called Explorers.

“Every Friday we spend exploring some profound question,” said Moulin. “They’re fantastic, they love doing it. I brought them along to show you some of the things they come up with.”

Lowery wins county bee in ninth round

CARBONDALE — In her second appearance at a county spelling bee, Aurora Lowery, an eighth-grade student at Osage City Middle School, won the 2017 Osage County Spelling Bee Friday, Feb. 3, at Santa Fe Trail High School. The bee was hosted by Carbondale Attendance Center. Being named the top speller earns Aurora a trip to the Topeka Capital-Journal Annual Regional Spelling Bee later this month at Seaman High School, Topeka. She earned a trip to the county bee after placing first at her local bee in January.

USD 421 board jumps on OSHA suggestions

BURLINGAME — The USD 454 Board of Education discussed adjustments that must be made following a recent visit from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, when they met in regular session Jan. 11.

“A representative of OSHA came in during the Christmas break,” said Allen Konicek, superintendent. “It wasn’t a bad report.”

“We have not received the final report yet, but we do know some areas that he told us about that we’re going to need adjustments.”

USD 421 counselor presents duties to board

LYNDON — Dani Criqui, elementary and middle school counselor, provided information to the USD 421 Board of Education during the Jan. 11 regular meeting about what services she provides.

“I know that there have been a lot of changes to school counseling,” Criqui said. “I thought this would be a good opportunity to share.”

Criqui provided the board with the state standards that she uses.

USD 434 tables changing facility use agreements

CARBONDALE—A full house of around 30 parents and elementary-age children packed the USD 434 Board of Education chambers at its Jan. 11 meeting to discuss the memorandums of understanding (MOU) relating to club baseball and softball teams that use district facilities.

The board began discussion during its December meeting, and prepared new facility use agreements for consideration last week. The drafts proposed a fee for private teams using the facilities, but did not reach discussion.

USD 421 board considers potential updates

LYNDON – The USD 420 facility committee gave the USD 420 Board of Education board an update at the Dec. 14 regular meeting. The committee was organized in September to determine possible energy upgrades to the district buildings.

“These are just conversations,” said Cheryl Cook, superintendent. “We talked about the areas that are a need, which would be the AC and HVAC. We know that we want to replace the windows. They wanted to go ahead with the insulation, which is needed.”

MdCV elementary students delve into robotics

Students from Linda Carson’s fourth and fifth-grade science classes at Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary demonstrated programming on programming DASH and DOT robotics systems.

Carson informed the board that this has been the second year of introducing the students to this type of formatting and the students have really grasped on to this concept of learning.

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