USD 420 considers uses for vocational building

OSAGE CITY—The USD 420 Board of Education preceded its April 13 regular meeting with a tour of the Vocational Agriculture building to explore what conditions the structure is in and shared ideas of potential uses for the building.

Troy Hutton, superintendent, led board members on a tour of the building. The tour stemmed from discussion about using the facility for classrooms. The building is currently used only for storage.

USD 421 closes out Honor Flight account

LYNDON—School board members might have thought they were seeing double – as in double superintendents – as Brian Spencer, Central Heights superintendent, former superintendent and Honor Flight coordinator USD 421, visited with the school board April 13.

Spencer attended the board of education meeting to request funds for three students, three veterans and one adult to attend a Central Heights Honor Flight this summer, June 2-3.

Alcohol added to MdCV drug testing program

MELVERN—The USD 456 Board of Education discussed the outline of the policy for drug testing during its April 11 meeting, and agreed to include the middle school as well as the high school for the implication of this policy.

The proposed policy for random drug testing is for the purpose of defining any activity as extra-curricular activities and any student not adhering by the rules established by the school for participation. The activities range from all athletics to student organizations, field trips and parking on school property during school hours.

MdCV board presents four-day option

MELVERN—Around a hundred patrons of the Marais des Cygnes Valley school district attended a series of public meetings last week to discuss the prospect of moving the district to a four-day school week.

Budgets are a constant focus of discussion around the tables of all five school boards in Osage County. Marais des Cygnes Valley is by no means a rich district, with few business and modest property appraisals, the schools are accustomed to working with less.

Lowery captures 'phoenix' to win county bee

County contest decided in 12 rounds

BURLINGAME—Twelve area fourth through eighth-grade students passed traveled through wintry weather Thursday morning to compete in the 2106 Osage County Spelling Bee in the Burlingame High School Gymnasium.

“We’re glad you all made it,” said Tammy Baird, Burlingame Middle School principal. “We hope you all make it home as well.”

USD 456 considers four-day week, drug testing

Search begins for new superintendent

MELVERN — Pros and cons of switching to a four-day school week were presented at the monthly USD 456 Board of Education meeting Jan. 11.

“A few months ago, you asked the administration to come up with some ideas about a four-day week and I put together a committee,” said Darrel Finch, superintendent. “All building levels were represented.”

Finch said the committee was made up of volunteers and met twice.

“We did some research on our own,” said Finch. “We came back and presented that.”

Lyndon students kick off Kindness Project

LYNDON—Students at Lyndon elementary, middle and high schools began a district wide kindness initiative Monday with a variety of activities.

The morning began with a gathering of elementary and middle school students on the playground, where students released balloons with attached tags, encouraging receivers to commit random acts of kindness.

Osage City students offer help for the holidays

OSAGE CITY—USD 420 administrators reviewed a variety of fundraising and gift giving efforts by elementary, middle and high school students during the USD 420 Board of Education meeting Dec. 9.

“We’re very excited about the direction education is going, especially the soft skill, volunteerism,” said Troy Hutton, superintendent. “One of the most important things we can do is teaching kids to be good people.”

USD 434 develops plans for the next round of reorganization

CARBONDALE—The Santa Fe Trail USD 434 Board of Education offered comments and guidance following the presentation of the second draft of district reorganization plans for the 2016-17 school year.

“I think it’s a win-win for the kids,” said Clayton Lee, board member. “I’d rather see that than us lose a building. I think we need to pursue everything we can do to keep a building open in Scranton.”

USD 454 reviews 2014-15 school year audit

BURLINGAME—The report of audit of financial statements of Burlingame USD 454 for the 2014-15 year, which ended June 30, was received by the board of education during its Oct. 14 regular meeting.

“The opinion, in terms of Kansas requirements, is real good,” said Jim Long of Karlin & Long, LLC, Certified Public Accountants. “As far as compliance with Kansas statutes, there were no violations for the period under audit.”



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