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Swather Scholars Heading To State

Posted 2/12/2015

By Jackie Nelson

The Swathers Scholars Bowl team is heading north to break hearts at the State Tournament this Saturday. Team members Brendan Heaton, Tessa Isaac, Jacob Collins, Malachi Wallace, Samuel Hunsberger, Samuel Bartel and Reuben Peachey-Stoner along with coach Patrice LeFevre have had a strong season thus far. “The majority of the meets we competed in, we made it into the final rounds. We received a number of third and fourt-place finishes. The JV won the McPherson JV meet,” she said. LeFevre said her team will be ready and they will be competing with some of the brightest high school students in Kansas. “I am looking forward to the rounds and watching the students compete. These are the best of the best in the state of Kansas. It is an honor to be there. I am excited to see how the Hesston players will do against these teams,” she said. LeFevre added some of the toughest challenges facing the Swather Scholars Bowl team will come from private schools across the state. “The private schools often give us the most competition and worry me the most. Hutch Trinity will be there, and even though we were able to place better at Regionals than they, they were one of the only teams we lost to that evening. I still think they are a tough contender. We'll also be nervous facing Wichita Collegiate, who is last year's champion and The Independent School of Wichita. We have seen these schools throughout the  season and know what they can do,” she said.

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Council Discusses Bringing Golf Course Back Under Municipal Management

Posted 2/12/2015

By Jackie Nelson   

City Administrator Gary Emry proposed to bring the Hesston Golf Park back under City management before the spring began at Monday evening’s city council meeting. 

Emry said Mike Kellogg, who had previously expressed some interest in creating an LLC and taking over the course took a different opportunity. 

“What I expected Wednesday when Mike came to see me was, I thought he was coming in with a business plan for an LLC. At the beginning he said there was a change of mind. He had been offered a job with Excel and told them he would accept and he was withdrawing and not going to make a proposal,” said Emry. 

Given the situation, Emry advocated the City stepping in and taking the course back as a fully functional municipal course and hire a manager who would report to the City Administrator. 

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Rescuing Rubble: Hesston Public Library Seeking 1990 Tornado Artifacts

Posted 2/12/2015

By Jackie Nelson

The Hesston Public Library is issuing a call out to all Hesston residents who experienced the 1990 tornado to share photos, videos and personal experiences Hesston Public Library Director Libby Albers said the collection process is part of a large-scale digitization project, funded by grant money. “The Library is interested in photographs, videos, audio, letters, or pamphlets related to the 1990 tornado - we cannot accept newspapers. We are also looking for small, physical artifacts that went through the tornado and have a story to tell,” said Albers. Much of what the library is able to collect will be on display and accessible to the public on the anniversary of the tornado. “In March, the web address for the digital files will be unveiled as part of several 25th Anniversary activities at the Library,” said Albers. After a quarter-century between the touchdown of the tornado, Albers said there is an entire generation of Hesstonians who are not familiar with the events of March 13, 1990. “After 25 years, many of Hesston's residents were either born after or moved to town since the storm. We have also lost many of the first-hand stories as our older residents have passed on. 

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School District Could Face Budget Cuts

Posted 2/12/2015

Record Staff

USD 460's budget for this year and next are uncertain, said Superintendent Paul Becker at the Monday evening school board meeting.

Senate Bill 71 could change how the state figures funding for the school's Local Option Budget.

“If that law would pass, it hurt our funding by about $63,000,” said Becker. “The governor also announced last week, cuts to the general fund. The bottom line for us would be a $48,000 cut. If both go together $110,000 this year. So much for the promise that K-12 would be harmless before elections.”

The Capital Outlay state aid payments for Hesston should come to about $112,000 this year, but Becker said the state is delaying that payment until June. The fear is that the state will withdraw that.

However, the district is in pretty good fiscal standing. Becker said he doesn't want to overreact, but to be prepared, sticking to essentials since the school year is already past the halfway point.

The board approved a resolution calling on the Kansas State Legislature to not pass a law changing the election cycle to November, so new board members would start mid school year. The resolution also asked that the nonpartisan status of local school board elections not be changed. Secretary Judy

Reimer noted that the proposed bill would prohibit members of the military from serving on a board of education.

• Becker provided a tiered tech plan draft for 2015-2016. The first tier included 70 iPads for high school freshman, two storage carts, TVs and replacement projectors in the middle and elementary schools and four Internet switches. This comes to a total of $73,000 factoring in E-Rate funding, which is about $52,000 less than what was budgeted for 2014-2015.

The timing for the second tier tech purchases depends on the financial situation after the legislative session, said Becker. He hopes to be able to purchase more iPads for the middle and elementary schools, Mac Lab for the Viz Tech room at the high school and more internet access points around the district.

• Summer maintenance items were listed and included high school locker room showers, the vocal room ceiling and lighting, worn door hardware in the auditorium, leaky middle school showers, a loose volley ball pole in the middle school gym, cabinet doors in the art room, and a growing crack in the flooring at the elementary school.

Another item that came up was four fans on a condenser unit at the high school are showing age and need to be dealt with.

Becker presented a blueprint for changing the middle school entryway. They are waiting to hear an estimate and see if it meets fire marshal approval.

It was discussed that changing which doors people enter and slowing entry to the school were security measures. However, secretaries will not need to buzz open the door for each person.

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