329 Board discusses plans for buildings

Heather Baker | staff writer

The USD 329 school board discussed several issues related to the upcoming bond vote at its October 10 meeting in Maple Hill.

There was an update on the USD 329 bond issue, and a presentation by Jeanne Parry on behalf of the Political Action Committee. “We are already good, but with this bond and the consolidation of the buildings and saving upwards of $500,000 a year, we could be great,” Parry said.

If the bond passes, the MHES and WJHS buildings will go up for auction, and the park by the MHES will hopefully be turned over to the city and continue to be maintained by them as needed. 

The board was updated on the Paxico Middle School Building. There will be a live auction on November 15 Crossroads Real Estate & Auction, LLC. The open house will be on 1-3 p.m. October 30.

Donald Westhoff petitioned to buy a piece of land currently owned and used by the school. His plan is to build a sporting goods store where the buses are currently parked.

The board approved several fundraisers, including FCCLA donut sales/jersey auction, the Fitness Club Lift-A-Thon, the National Honor Society chili feed and snacks/beverages sold from Sierra Page’s classroom, the Elementary PE Skate-A-Thon, the journalism/student Council chocolate sales and the Booster Club’s sign sales.

The Elementary principal report included information on a book club and Lego club at Alma Elementary.

The field trip to Fort Hays State was approved, as was the FCCLA Knowledge Bowl field trip to the semifinals in Columbus, Ohio.

USD 329 was nominated for the 2022 Kansas Can Star Recognition Award, which recognizes schools in Kansas that stand out.

There were four new staff additions to USD 329. Mason Bosworth as substitute teacher, LeeAlan Mock as facilities support team member, Cheryl Lewis as HS assistant softball coach and Kelsey Posch as JH Librarian/Media Tech. Chase Nelson resigned as assistant baseball coach.

The board’s next meeting will be November 14.

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