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The USD 346 School Board met on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022 and began their meeting with the approval of the consent agenda; including the agenda for the meeting; minutes of the last meeting; financial reports; and payment of monthly bills and payroll.

The board then heard from Kayla McGrew, Board Secretary, who gave a presentation on the new software recently installed, noting all the things she and staff across the district can now do that, before, took several steps and tons of paperwork.

Junior High and High School principal Bob Beckham reported that he is almost done with evaluations.

Beckham said with finals done, the issue this week seems to be getting them to show up, as most students are ready for the upcoming Christmas break.

Genea Bruner stated that STARS results show students attending classes there are working hard toward their goals.

Superintendent Shawn Thomas noted some legislative concerns, in particular a move in the State Board of Education that will change the required credits for graduation starting with the Class of 2028, or those currently 7th grade. (see related article in this edition.)

Thomas then noted the lawsuit they had joined had settled but he has not yet heard on the award amount decided upon yet.

Discussion turned to the sale of a district bus and Thomas noted that Dougherty Steel had expressed an interest in it, after a brief conversation a motion was made to accept the $8,500 offer from Dougherty Steel and it carried on a unanimous vote.

The board then adopted several policy changes as recommended by KASB.

The board entered executive session to discuss personnel matters. Following the executive session the board approved hiring Nicki Traul as assistant high school wrestling coach and extended Superintendent Thomas’ superintendent contract an additional year, through June 2025. 

MEETINGS

LINN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Monday, October 23, 2023

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The Linn County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 23, and began their weekly meeting with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting followed by the approval of claims in the amount of $272,818.97. Linn County Rural Fire Chief Randy Hegwald presented... [More]

LA CYGNE CITY COUNCIL - Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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Among actions at the regular La Cygne council meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 18, was a split vote in which the city accepts a draft agreement for title search and warranty deed preparation of seven lots at 402 S. Broadway in exchange for absorbing a $16,400 house demolition bill.... [More]

LINN VALLEY CITY COUNCIL - Monday, October 23, 2023

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The Linn Valley City Council held its bi-monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 23, 2023, with Mayor Cindy Smith presiding and all council members present.    Following approval of the October 9th and October 14th meeting minutes, Mayor Smith opened the floor... [More]

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NEWS

Linn County P&Z changes setbacks on quarry CUP

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Following instructions from Linn County Planning and Zoning Chair Paul Porter to the Planning and Zoning Commission stemming from a letter received from La Cygne resident Stephanie Walker concerning open meetings rules, Porter urged the commission to avoid any correspondence... [More]

Commission denies quarry CUP

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Action follows unseconded motion to accept   Linn County commissioners have denied a conditional use permit (CUP) for a proposed rock quarry. At Tuesday’s weekly meeting, delayed a day because of Monday’s federal Memorial Day holiday observance, a 2-1 vote,... [More]

USD 362 moves closer to daycare option

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District to seek bids on old bus barn repurposing   Prairie View Unified School District 362 is moving closer to providing a daycare option for pre-school 3- and 4-year-olds beginning this fall. On a 6-1 vote at their May 21 monthly meeting, the board of education... [More]

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SPORTS

Jayhawk Linn boys’ track team places seventh at State

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The Jayhawk Linn track team sent 20 athletes to the State tournament in Wichita on May 24 and 25. The Hawks did well at the tournament especially the boys’ team which placed seventh overall with 39 team points. Moundridge won State for the 2A boys with 55 points while Inman... [More]

Prairie View track has multiple medal winners at State

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The Prairie View track team traveled to Wichita on May 24-25 to compete in the 3A State tournament. The Buffalos did well as they had boy and girl medal winners and the defending State champion girls’ team placed 10th this year with a team score of 23 points. Smoky Valley... [More]

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