329 Board hires company to promote plans

USD 329 board hired ASA Strategic Funding to help develop and promote a new plan to address facilities issues.  At the April 12 board meeting, ASA Strategic Funding was hired for $12,200 to help promote and develop a new bond. They have worked on over 200 research projects and have a 94 percent success rate. They plan to work with the community to develop a plan that everyone can agree on. 

New counselor excited to join WHS staff

WHS has hired Kevin Sullivan as high school counselor starting next school year. Sullivan attended Kansas State University to get his bachelor and masters degree in school counseling. He is currently the counselor at St. Xavier Catholic School in Junction city and has also worked at several other schools in the area.

Parent meeting to address online predators

Parents and community members have a chance to learn more about predators and dangers facing their children in a presentation Friday evening.

The Wabaunsee Sheriff's office is sponsoring a presentation about those who exploit social media and information technology to victimize children. The program, Protecting Our Children: A Town Hall on Sexting, Sextortion, and Bullying, is a 7 p.m. Friday in the WHS auditorium.

The discussion will be lead by experts from the FBI Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force and the LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center. 

329 board discusses masks rules at meeting

The USD 329 board received new information on lessening masks restrictions at its monthly meeting Monday night.

There was a discussion about masks due to Wabaunsee County lessening its restrictions. Wabaunsee Health Department administrator Ray Finley advised against making masks no longer necessary in USD 329 buildings for now and instead advised the board to wait thirty days and see how surrounding areas lessening their restrictions affect us. So far USD 329 has had very little transmission of the virus through school. 

21 students place in KSPA regional journalism competitions

Wabaunsee journalism earned seven regional journalism championships last month, and qualified 21 entries to the state competition later this semester.

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional competition, which usually features both online and in-person competitions, was completed completely online in late February. Contests include writing, editing, photography, design and cartooning competitions.

USD 329 cancels school for weather, energy conservation

Why did we not have school Wednesday, February 17?

USD 329 schools were closed on Wednesday, February 17 and many people are wondering why. 

Going into the weekend the forecast was looking to be lower temperatures than had been experienced so far this winter. In preparation for the below freezing weather the custodians throughout the district left water dripping in the modulars and other buildings with water lines exposed to outside in the hope of keeping the pipes from freezing. 

Friday, February 12 and Monday the 15th were already scheduled off for parent teacher conferences and professional development comp time, and Tuesday the 16th was canceled due to extreme cold.

Juniors work to provide safe prom experience

Junior class officers are looking at making some changes to prom to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. 

Junior class president Sarah Vanstory created a slideshow about the potential plans for prom to give people an idea of what the class is planning to do. “I shared my Google Slide presentation with Mrs. Hutley, Mr. Starnes, and Ray Finley from the county health department so they could review it and discuss it. They seemed pretty open to my proposal,” Vanstory said. Her slideshow included a schedule of the events of the day and what adjustments they are planning to implement to make it safe. 

USD 329 Bond fails 57% to 43%

Voters rejected the USD 329 bond by about 14 percent of the vote.

The bond, worth $24.65 million, sought to fund renovations and maintenance of district school buildings, and would have created a K-6 building in Paxico and a 7-12 building in Alma.

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