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Lamb Bringing 'Out Of The Box' Approach To School Board

Posted 4/16/2015

By Jackie Nelson

USD 460 will have a newly elected board member, Susan Lamb, joining the board on July 1. 

As a new board member, Lamb will go through a training seminar for new school board members across the state. 

“I have some time and need to do a lot of reading and get caught up on some of the issues.  I will be attending a training that is for new members across Kansas,” she said. 

Lamb brings nearly two decades of teaching experience to the table and an unconventional approach to challenges. 

“I was a classroom teacher for 18 years, seven in this district. I am so out of the box on how I view stuff.  That alone I think is a double-edged sword.  I’ll have 100 ideas and three might be really amazing and workable,” she said. 

Lamb said her goal as a board member is to facilitate community discussion and leverage people and resources across the community. 

“I would lie to see more community excitement.  I would like to see everyone that is a resident of the district feel like they are very aware and invested in what is going on.

“I feel like we need to be utilizing everyone that ran. If you care enough to run, we should find a way to get you involved. How can we use you?”

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Varney Resigns From School Board

Posted 4/16/2015

For The Record

The Hesston School Board will be looking for a new member to fill a recently-vacated seat held by Kathy Varney.  Varney’s term was set to end June 30, 2017. 

According to Judy Reimer, Clerk of the Board, Varney, who no longer lives within USD 460, submitted a letter of resignation on March 20. 

Varney was not listed as present for the March 23 school board meeting minutes.   She was also not listed among the members absent. 

Varney’s letter of resignation was not noted in the minutes of the March 23 meeting. 

On Monday evening, April 13, the Board approved the publication of a notice of vacancy for Varney’s position.  The notice can be found in this week’s edition. 

The board must wait at least 15 days before appointing a new member.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building. 

According to statute, Varney’s vacancy will be filled by appointment by the school board. 

Despite the recent elections, Varney’s remaining term would not have been on the ballot.  To present an opening on a ballot for an unfinished term, a school board member must resign prior to Jan. 1 of an election year. 

Varney said she recently relocated to Newton. 

“I decided to downsize my home and have moved to Newton.  My oldest daughter and her husband bought a bigger house and I moved into their smaller home. The timing of everything fell together,” she said. 

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Starting The Emma Creek Classic

Posted 4/16/2015

By Jackie Nelson

While the Emma Creek Classic is a women’s only race, Gary Unruh will be sounding the starting horn.  

Unruh has been a part of the Classic since its inception 26 years ago.  

“I was on the Rec board and, 27 years ago, Paula Patent came in and talk to the board about her vision to have the Emma Creek Classic,” he said.

Unruh said after that intial meeting, he and other board members were skeptical of their ability to pull off such a large event.

“We looked at each other and said, ‘How can our group do that? How much is it going to cost?  What happens if this goes belly-up and we end up with a big loss.’”  

Though, after several discussions Unruh said, “We decided to be brave.” 

With a year of planning between the first race and the proposal for the Classic, Unruh said the skepticism disappeared. 

“It sticks in my mind there were 300 to 400 entrants that first year. It blew me away,” he said. 

Unruh remembers registrations rolling in. 

“Normally we had monthly meetings.  We were having weekly meetings the last month to stay on top of where things were and the numbers kept coming in and I was thinking, ‘Why did we even question this?’ there’s a need for this,” he said. 

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