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Candidate Profiles: USD 434 Board of Education

The Osage County Herald-Chronicle is providing basic information on area candidates running for school board positions in the April 7 election.

Candidates for each position were contacted by mail at the address of filing and were asked to provide a photo and return questions about why they are running for office, issues and goals they wish to address, their past record of service and their relationship to the community.

Hope Koger

USD 434 Position 1, Overbrook

Candidate Profiles: USD 421 Board of Education

No candidate questionnaires were returned.

Candidate Profiles: USD 420 Board of Education

The Osage County Herald-Chronicle is providing basic information on area candidates running for school board positions in the April 7 election.

Candidates for each position were contacted by mail at the address of filing and were asked to provide a photo and return questions about why they are running for office, issues and goals they wish to address, their past record of service and their relationship to the community.

David Williams

USD 420 Position 1

Kiwanis present emergency buckets to school

OSAGE CITY—As a part of Kiwanis International's 100th anniversary celebration during the 2015 year, local Kiwanis clubs were encouraged to come up with a special service project for their communities. Osage City Kiwanis decided to provide emergency preparedness buckets for the Osage City Elementary School.

“With the completion of the new storm shelter at the school, it seemed an appropriate project to undertake,” said Dave Azwell, club member.

The idea was presented to the club by member Kathi Webster after she read about a similar project at Washburn Rural.

Lyndon schools seek ‘replacement with a cape’

LYNDON—At the Feb. 11 USD 421 Board of Education meeting, a representative from KASB informed board members of qualities sought for a replacement superintendent.

Randy Weseman, KASB, said promising applicants were already in the picture.

“If we put this all together, we’ll get someone with a cape who can leap buildings,” said Weseman. “I think we all know that’s rare.”

Burlingame schools ‘navigate through murky waters ahead’

BURLINGAME—Burlingame USD 454 Superintendent Allen Konicek met with district personnel prior to last week’s board of education meeting to discuss reduced funding following a Feb. 5 executive order from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to cut 1.5 percent from the current year’s budget for schools.

Board opposes change in election cycle

MELVERN—During Monday evening’s school board meeting, the board agreed to adopt a resolution proposed by the Kansas Association of School Boards that would support KASB’s position against proposed bills by the Kansas State Legislature.

The legislature’s bills would move Kansas school board elections to November of even-numbered years and would make elections partisan, barring federal executive branch and military employees from running for office.

County districts to lose $184,000 in state budget cut

Osage County’s five school districts will lose a combined $184,318 from this year’s budgets, part of $44 million cut in state aid to K-12 education and universities due to an executive order from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Feb. 5.

“The governor announced allotments for all state agencies, including schools,” said USD 434 Superintendent Steve Pegram. “Schools received an allotment of 1.5 percent.”

Hinterweger repeats as Osage County’s top speller

SCRANTON—Osage County sixth grader will make her second trip regional spelling bee in Topeka after winning the Osage County Spelling Bee Jan. 29 at Scranton Attendance Center.

Hinterweger showed no sign of celebration as she won the bee in the 15th round on the word “arrogant.”

“It felt really good,” Hinterweger said. “I was pretty confident. I studied a lot.”

At least every night since winning the Carbondale Attendance Center spelling bee last week. The short turnover left her feeling a little worried about some of the words on the list.

USD 456 talks energy savings, improvements

MELVERN—At a special meeting Wednesday evening, the USD 456 Board of Education met with Energy 360 representative Joe Hurla to discuss observations made by the energy audit company on areas for potential energy savings in both the high school and elementary school buildings.

Beginning with the elementary school, Hurla said the main facility is heated by a 50 year-old hot water boiler, and even though it’s relatively well maintained, the average working life of that equipment is 25-30 years.

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