USD 434 board accepts annual audit report

SCRANTON—The Santa Fe Trail USD 434 Board of Education heard the results of the final district audit at its Nov. 9 regular meeting.

USD 421 receives assessment reports

LYNDON—The USD 421 board heard reports from Bill Patterson, Lyndon High School counselor; Dani Criqui, Lyndon Elementary and Middle School counselor; and Jennifer Hamlet, Lyndon Elementary and Middle School principal; on the state assessment tests students took during the 2015-2016 school year.

Patterson reported that this year’s senior class took the history, government, and social studies assessment test during the spring of 2016.

MdCV board asked to consider new programs

MELVERN—Superintendent Ted Hessong opened the Oct. 10 USD 456 Board of Education meeting with a restatement of the vision and mission he projected at the beginning of the school year - to make the district better for faculty and students, as well as providing resources for the enhancement of productivity.

Lyndon USD 421 superintendent’s resignation accepted

LYNDON—After a 90-minute executive session, the USD 421 Board of Education accepted the resignation of superintendent Cheryl Cook.

The resignation was accepted during the Oct. 12 regular meeting, but Cook will continued to serve through the remainder of the school year, which ends June 30, 2017.

Cook began her position with the district July 1, 2015, the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

USD 420 addresses lightning damage to phone, intercom systems

OSAGE CITY—USD 420 Superintendent Troy Hutton led off the discussion on recent lightning damage to part of the school’s phone and intercom system.

During the treasurer’s report, Hutton noted a $506 service call to Simplex Grinnell around Sept. 14.

“We had a lightning strike down in the fourth and fifth grade hall,” said Andy Lohmeyer. “It hit and took out a section of our phone lines and intercoms.”

Lohmeyer said during the repair process phones communications were lost through the entire building.

Osage City Schools collecting can tabs

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas along with Osage City Middle School student council invite the community to help the school participate in this year’s pop tab contest. Little things can make a big difference. This school year, you can help support the Ronald McDonald House in Topeka, by collecting the little aluminum tabs you pull to open soda, soup, and several other cans.

USD 421 Board approves 2016-17 budget

LYNDON—The USD 421 Board of Education held a special public hearing for the 2016-17 budget on Aug. 16. No citizens from the public were present. The board held a discussion about the proposed 2016-17 budget.

Cheryl Cook, superintendent, pointed out a few changes to the budget compared to the 2015-16 budget. One change that Cook mentioned was the difference in the expenditure for KPER. Cook explained that the difference was because of the State legislature rulings.

New superintendent hopes to build connections

MELVERN—Ted Hessong, the new superintendent for Marais des Cygnes Valley schools, expressed that while there has been a lot of transition with new administration this year, he wants the tempo of the district to continue with its present positive projection of moving forward.

Santa Fe Trail open houses scheduled for Aug. 24

SCRANTON—The USD 434 Board of Education held its first regular meeting in the new home of the district-wide preschool and administrative office Aug. 10, located at the Scranton Attendance Center, 104 S. Burlingame Ave, in Scranton.

During the meeting the board briefly discussed several items, including the budget as well as the upcoming open house, scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the three district buildings.

“Aug. 23 is come in drop off your stuff and meet the teacher,” said Steve Pegram, USD 434 superintendent. “Each building is doing something different.”

USD 421 approves water heater installation

LYNDON—During the Aug. 10 regular meeting, the USD 421 Board of Education reviewed two bids that were received for an 85-gallon, 500,000-BTU ASME commercial gas water heater with 80-gallon expansion tank for the gym.

The bids received were from Conklin Plumbing, Osage City, and McElroy’s Inc., Topeka. Randy, a representative from McElroy’s, was present to answer questions that the Board had about their bid.

“What type of warranty is on these systems,” Dave Brecheisen, asked Randy. “Three years on the tank and one year on the parts,” replied Randy.



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