At the November 18th board meeting, the USD 329 school board will consider a bond issue that will have a major impact on the district. “It's been a long, thought out process that started with BOE discussions regarding aging facilities that were taking a lot of budget money,” superintendent Brad Starnes said. “It was hard to budget for and we didn't have the budget money to solve the problem.”
The Charger staff is reserve champion of the Kansas State Fair Scholastic Print Competiton. The competition, which takes place each year at the Kansas State Fair, requires teams of five high school students to complete a 4-page newsletter in one day. The teams have from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to interview, write, edit, photograph and design the newsletter. Two stories are assigned and the students come up with two others on their own.
Under new direction, the WHS band and choir will have its opening concert tonight at 7 p.m. “I’m really excited about finally getting to perform with the band and choir in our beautiful auditorium,” director Jaime Rogers said. “Both groups are going to make some good music tonight. We’re going to perform and it’s going to sound awesome.”
WHS introduced a new career and college readiness program called Xello this semester, to a mixed response. Xello is a new online program designed to help students plan for careers after high school. Students who do Xello complete lessons that help them figure out what their plans after high school will look like, whether it be trade colleges, universities or other alternate routes. Students also complete career, personality and learning style assessments so they can better understand their interests, skills and strengths.
With 139 students enrolled, Wabaunsee has been classified as a 2A school again this year. The Kansas State High School Activities Association, or KSHSAA, has updated the classifications of high schools in Kansas which will go into effect for all 2019-20 activities. With little change from previous years, athletic director Jeron Weisshaar said most sports will be minimally affected by this year’s classifications.
According to the founders of Yellow Ribbon, even at Wabaunsee High School, students are at risk of committing suicide. The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is an international program dedicated to preventing suicide by making information accessible to anyone and removing barriers for people seeking help.
WHS added three new elective classes to this year’s schedule, Earth and Space Science, Business Law and Intro to Computer Science.
The WHS Student Handbook received some modifications over the summer. The handbook states that its purpose is to serve as an aid in understanding school policies. Last year, the government class went through the handbook and suggested changes using a legislative process. The revisions were submitted to Principal Jan Hutley. “There were very few that we weren’t able to implement this year,” Hutley said. “A lot of them were very common sense and needed to be changed.”
Brian Henry is resigning from all teaching and coaching positions. Henry recently accepted a job offer from Rural Vista in White City. He informed the softball team of his decision after losing in the semi-final round of regionals Tuesday night. He will serve as the White City athletic director, head football coach, assistant basketball coach and assistant track coach for the high school. He will also be teaching a business class. Henry coached softball for 18 seasons. His achievements included two state championships (2007, 2018) in five appearances. His overall record was 186-212. Henry is the only coach in WHS history with multiple state championships in a team sport.
At the board meeting Monday night, the USD 329 school board approved multiple new hires for WHS, including a FCS teacher, head boys and girls basketball coaches and a district tech director. Keeley Reddick will be filling the Family and Consumer Science teaching position. “I would say she is very excited and passionate about educating... Continue Reading →