Burlingame students utilize higher education

BURLINGAME—A unique aspect of USD 454 is its connectedness, figuratively and literally, with Allen Community College.

Not only have students been able take dual credit courses, receiving both college and high school level credits, but also the district itself reaps benefits.

At the June 10 Burlingame USD 454 Board of Education meeting, the board reviewed a list of expenses absorbed through the college, including monthly pest control, gravel and additional lighting for a parking lot, replacement of two air conditioning units, plumbing, drainage improvements and more.

USD 434 handbooks change for 2015-16 school year

CARBONDALE—With the 2014-2015 school year officially at a close, the Santa Fe Trail USD 434 Board of Education prepared for the 2015-16 school year at the June 10 meeting by reviewing and changing handbooks. The changes primarily involved the dress code for students and sick days for employees. For the upcoming school year, students should not expect any major changes.

Davies recognized for 53 years of service

Jeremy Gaston | Editor

OSAGE CITY—The USD 420 Board of Education preceded its monthly meeting with a reception for Brian Davies, who served his final meeting with the board June 10.

“We wanted to recognize Brian tonight and all of the service he’s given to this district,” said Troy Hutton, superintendent. “Brian’s had a huge impact on USD 420. I know I speak for all of us in here when I say we appreciate what you’ve done. I know I’ve learned a lot from him.”

Yockey honored with plaque for time on board

MELVERN—Near the end of Monday night’s meeting, the USD 456 Marais des Cygnes Valley Board of Education took a 10-minute recess to commemorate the last regularly scheduled meeting where Corrine Yockey would be with them as a board member.

“We want to thank you for your four years of service to the district and to the kids of this district,” said superintendent Darrel Finch. “We appreciate you serving on the school board. It takes a lot of time and energy, and it takes a very kind-hearted person. You’ve done a good job. Thank you.”

Burlingame plans for future accreditation

BURLINGAME—The Burlingame USD 454 Board of Education approved a request by Allen Konicek, superintendent, to change the current school calendar, providing an additional day for staff in-service training.

Konicek said the district would need the extra day to implement Kansas State Department of Education’s new system of elementary and secondary education accreditation, which will likely be required for the 2016-17 school year.

Hensley visits with SFT school board

CARBONDALE—Kansas Senator Anthony Hensley made an appearance at the May 13 Santa Fe Trail school board meeting to voice his objection to Senate Bill 7, which deals with the block grant for education, and Senate Bill 220, which deals with sales taxes. Hensley clearly showed his disapproval for both bills, and said he voted against Senate Bill 7.

Class of 27 students graduates at Burlingame

BURLINGAME—Burlingame High School held its graduation ceremonies 5 p.m. May 16 in the elementary gymnasium, graduating 27 seniors in the class of 2015.

After the processional, S. Allen Konicek, USD 454 superintendent, welcomed the audience and graduates before the high school band played “Too Beautiful for Words.”

Burlingame High School principal Tammy Baird presented the salutatorian, Karli Zabokrtsky, and valedictorian Jordan Herrick.

Zabokrtsky opened her speech reminding fellow classmates that they will no longer be able to see their closest friends every day.

Lyndon graduates class of 2015

LYNDON—Thirty high school seniors walked into the Lyndon High School gymnasium May 17 for graduation, to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance,” played by the Lyndon High School band.

Jayda Forkenbrock, class president, welcomed all those in attendance. Forkenbrock and junior class president, Madeline Volkman, presented the class key. High school principal Brad Marcotte introduced the guest speaker, Brian Spencer. Following Spencer, Flint Spencer, co-salutatorian, spoke.

Osage City grads recall heavy doses of mischief

OSAGE CITY—The 51 graduates of Osage City High School Class of 2015 were accepted and presented with diplomas Sunday afternoon.

The ceremony began with the entrance of graduates, who each left a rose on a table honoring former classmate Austin Glass, who died following a battle with leukemia in 2010. OCHS Principal Tony Heward made note of the gesture, and asked the crowd for a moment of silence before the start of ceremonies.

Presentation of diplomas was preceded by a concert band performance of “Beyond the Riverbend” and a choir presentation of “I Believe I Can Fly.”

USD 434 touts success in drug testing policy

CARBONDALE—The USD 434 Board of Education received mixed responses following the implementation of its drug testing policy. On May 15, the district released results from the first year of testing, which included 149 tests in the high school and junior high, at a cost of $6,697.73 to the district.

The test returned a .9 percent failure rate and a 1 percent refusal rate at the high school, and no failures or refusals at the junior high.



The Osage County Herald-Chronicle

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