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Oskaloosans want to express community pride after winning state volleyball title

by Dennis Sharkey Winning a state championship in volleyball is generating a lot of community spirit and the phones are ringing. Oskaloosans are wanting to know how they can display their community pride USD 341 Superintendent Jon Pfau says. “It’s funny because that’s all I’ve really heard everywhere I’ve been in the past week,” Pfau […]

November 25th, 2010 | Posted in County News,Oskaloosa School District,Schools | Read More »

Oskaloosa School Board studies bullying policy

by Dennis Sharkey Bullying in schools has received a lot of national attention recently and local administrators want to make sure they’re not part of the story. Last month Oskaloosa USD 341 board members reviewed their bullying policy that was instituted three years ago. “We felt like it would be important to review our current […]

November 21st, 2010 | Posted in County News,Oskaloosa School District,Schools | Read More »

Enrollment continues to fall at Jefferson County school districts

by Dennis Sharkey There were no pleasant surprises this year when area school districts tallied their official head counts. The only superintendent somewhat optimistic about his district’s results was JCN Superintendent Dr. Tim Marshall. His district was only five students down from last year when factoring the funding formula. “I’m not real upset about it,” […]

November 8th, 2010 | Posted in Featured,Jefferson County North School District,Jefferson West School District,McLouth School District,Oskaloosa School District,Perry School District,Schools,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Valley Falls Dragons win double OT game over Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa tailback Jake Buscher escapes a tackle by Valley Falls defender Brock Watson in the first quarter of Friday night’s double overtime win by Valley Falls. Buscher led all rushers in the game with 174 yards and two touchdowns. Story and photo by Dennis Sharkey Like two heavyweight prize fighters the Valley Falls Dragons and […]

October 6th, 2010 | Posted in Featured,Oskaloosa School District,Sports,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Oskaloosa crowns Homecoming royalty

were named 2010 Homecoming King and Queen Friday night at half-time of Oskaloosa’s game versus Horton. Photo by Dennis Sharkey Related PostsPool renovations begin (Nov 28, 2013) Vacant house catches fire in Winchester (Nov 21, 2013) Salute to veterans (Nov 14, 2013) Just out of reach; Chargers fall in state championship game (Nov 11, 2013) […]

October 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Oskaloosa School District,The Independent | Read More »

Keystone board considering move to vacant Jeff West building

by Dennis Sharkey Discussions are now under way between Jefferson West USD 340 and Keystone Learning Services that may solve an empty question for the district. Last year USD 340 board members decided to close the Intermediate School in Ozawkie to save the cash strapped district money. However, an empty building is not what district […]

September 26th, 2010 | Posted in Jefferson West School District,Oskaloosa School District,Perry School District,Schools | Read More »

Oskaloosa USD 341 to make offer to gas company

by Dennis Sharkey A figurative cloud of gas has been hanging over the USD 341 budget for a couple of years and board members are ready to dispel the problem. Kansas Gas Service approached the district two years ago and said they were owed more than $111,000 for gas that was used by the district […]

September 26th, 2010 | Posted in Oskaloosa School District,Schools | Read More »

Preview of 2010 football season

by Dennis Sharkey The 2010 football season is ready to kick off with some teams looking to build on last year’s accomplishments while others look to rebuild. Three county teams, Valley Falls, Oskaloosa, and Jefferson West made post season appearances while the Perry-Lecompton Kaws were going home early last year after a state title game […]

September 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Jefferson County North School District,Jefferson West School District,McLouth School District,Oskaloosa School District,Perry School District,Sports,The Independent,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Local schools districts approve budgets

All three area schools have officially approved their respective property tax mill levy in quiet fashion. USD 339 Jefferson County North, USD 341 Oskaloosa and USD 342 McLouth approved mill levies last week without interruption or objection from the public. Meeting rooms were empty last week when school board members met to approve the published […]

August 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Jefferson County North School District,McLouth School District,Oskaloosa School District,Schools | Read More »

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