USD 434 announces new teacher, principal

Lorle Ann Bolt

Lorle Ann Bolt is joining USD 434 as a kindergarten teacher at Overbrook Attendance Center.

She and her husband, William, a natural resource specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Pomona Lake, along with their three children, Tyler, 8, Tanner, 5, and Trevor, 1, live in the country, outside of Carbondale. They moved from Manhattan five years ago.

USD 454 raises local budget 2.9 mills

BURLINGAME—The Burlingame USD 454 Board of Education held a special meeting July 22 to prepare the 2015-16 budget, increasing the districts local draw 2.857 mills from 47.726 to 50.583 mills.

A public hearing regarding the proposed budget has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 before start of the regular board meeting.

Proposed operating expenditures from the general fund total $3,216,913. Actual general fund operating expenditures for 2014-2015 totaled $2,455,813. Actual operating expenditures totaled $2,465,531 for 2013-2014.

Alumni host fundraiser for new tiger

LYNDON—The Lyndon Alumni and the Lyndon cheerleaders are launching a fundraising idea to purchase a new mascot uniform. The alumni realizes that with budget cuts in all school systems, these kinds of things are going to be almost impossible.

“A new school year is almost upon us,” said Cathy Wilson. “Time for the Lyndon Tiger to be out and about. However, after almost 10 years of wear and tear, she is needing to retire.”

Lyndon schools welcome new superintendent

LYNDON—July 8, Cheryl Cook had her first official board meeting as superintendent of USD 421.

Cook, a native of Sabetha, said choosing the district was a simple choice really, as a central location with rural district charm.

“It’s a good location, close to universities, close to Kansas City,” said Cook. “It just has ease of access to a lot of the professional development that I feel I may need.”

Santa Fe Trail prepares for 2015-16 school year

CARBONDALE—The Santa Fe Trail USD 434 Board of Education is moving forward with business for the 2015-16 school year, despite budget and funding concerns.

There was brief discussion of how the budget would change at the July 8 board meeting, but the board focused primarily on new policies and approval of personnel.

“Budgets were shutdown in either January or early February,” said Steve Pegram, superintendent. “These numbers are still very soft because if the auditor catches a mistake, they will adjust the budget accordingly.”

Burlingame schools reorganize for 2015-16

BURLINGAME—The first meeting of the Burlingame USD 454 Board of Education for the new 2015-16 school year was convened July 8. The board conducted a series of organizational actions related to the new school year before addressing routine business issues.

One new member, Traci Herrick, was seated to fill the seat vacated by Cindy Harris, who had opted to not seek re-election. Harris concluded eight years of service as board member.

USD 420 makes deals on van, parking lots

OSAGE CITY—The USD 420 Board of Education held its first meeting of the 2015-16 school year July 8, assigning representatives and adopting items for the coming school year.

The board made one purchase during the meeting, approving purchase of a Ford Transit 150 10-passenger bus.

“Last year we struggled with trying to transport the vocational kids, having in-services and going to meets,” said Troy Hutton, superintendent. “We did make it through the year, though we paid some mileage every once in a while to get that done.”

Peterson takes seat as youngest elected official in Kansas

OSAGE CITY—Sarah Peterson couldn’t wait to continue the family tradition of serving on the Osage City USD 420 Board of Education.

Peterson was a senior at Osage City High School when she was elected. She filed for the position just two months after her 18th birthday, and began her first term on the board July 8.

By all accounts, Peterson is currently the youngest elected official in Kansas.

“I’ve heard that’s happened before,” said Troy Hutton, USD 420 Superintendent. “Not frequently, I could not tell you when or where. It’s definitely not the norm.”

USD 454 teachers agreement funds continuing education

BURLINGAME—The Burlingame USD 454 Board of Education convened a special meeting June 29 to close out business for the 2014-15 school year and begin the next.

Spencer wraps up decade at Lyndon schools

LYNDON—Immediately following the USD 421 Board of Education meeting, Brian Spencer, USD 421 superintendent, glanced toward the clock as he adjourned his last meeting as the Lyndon superintendent.

“Wow 8:20, that’s like record timing,” Spencer said after an 80-minute meeting June 10.

It was a typical end of the year meeting, as the board closed the books on another academic year.

Spencer officially closed the books on a place he has called home since 2004. Starting July 1, he will begin his next chapter as superintendent of Central Heights USD 288.



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