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Slight decrease in Valley Falls USD 338 tax levy

There are slight increases in the district’s assessed valuation and taxpayers will get a slight break in the mill levy. The levies for all funds total 55.330, down about 1 1/3 from last year’s levy.

by Clarke Davis The Valley Falls school board members were given a completed budget document when they met Monday night and after review voted unanimously to have it published. Financial adviser Dr. Harry Austin projected the budget figures on a screen to walk the members through the process. He said it was a smooth process […]

July 18th, 2012 | Posted in Schools,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Distance learning program taking shape

An interactive distance learning pilot project by Keystone Learning Services is progressing after falling behind schedule.

An interactive distance learning pilot project by Keystone Learning Services is progressing after falling behind schedule.

July 17th, 2012 | Posted in Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Loss of rural internet program could be a problem

by Dennis Sharkey  A decision by the Kansas Legislature to eliminate a rural high speed Internet program is problematic for Keystone Learning Services. Director Dr. Tim Marshall told board members last month that the program will be completely eliminated by July of next year. He said Many school districts and other agencies such as public […]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Keystone Learning Services,Schools | Read More »

Jefferson West board lets bid on football stadium lighting

The Jefferson West school board has approved a bid of $147,800 for new stadium lighting at the football field.

The Jefferson West school board has approved a bid of $147,800 for new stadium lighting at the football field.

July 15th, 2012 | Posted in County News,Featured,Jefferson West School District,Schools | Read More »

Valley Falls art teacher preps former industrial arts building into classroom

Megan Turner, art teacher, adds life to the new industrial building as she paints a lion on the wall. The building is split into two sections for older and younger students. She decided to make the youth area jungle themed to help “liven” the room. “I think the kids will like it,” Turner said.

Megan Turner, Valley Falls K-12 art teacher, is excited to transform the industrial building into her new art classroom and appreciates the larger space for students and storage.

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Schools,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Perry-Lecompton grad lands full-ride KU ROTC scholarship

Dale Hupe’s love of flying led to a pilot’s license which he earned in April of this year.

Eighteen-year-old Dale Hupe of Perry can’t remember a time that he wasn’t fascinated by airplanes. That fascination has led to flying lessons, a pilot’s license, and an Air Force ROTC scholarship to pay for his full education at the University of Kansas for four years.

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Perry School District,Schools,The Vindicator | Read More »

JCN grad brings helicopter pad to county hospital

Holly Bodenheimer poses inside the LifeStar helicopter as it sits on a new parking pad.

Former Jefferson County North student and Winchester firefighter Holly Bodenheimer, 19, presented her senior project in a ceremony at the F.W. Huston Medical Center June 8.

June 19th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Jefferson County North School District,Schools,The Independent | Read More »

Runners turn out to remember Justin Johnston

More than 80 runners took off shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Remembering Justin 5K Run and One Mile Fun Run/Walk. The race began and ended near the front of McLouth High School. The event had 90 walkers and dozens of spectators and volunteers.

Last Saturday was exactly one year to the day that the death of Justin Johnston shook the community of McLouth and his family. But his father John had hundreds of reasons to smile.

June 12th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,McLouth School District,Schools | Read More »

State funding remains a mystery for local school

The Legislature is playing games with funding for education to the point that nothing is predictable even this late in the game.

The Legislature is playing games with funding for education to the point that nothing is predictable even this late in the game.

May 24th, 2012 | Posted in County News,Schools,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Diet and food part of greenhouse science at Perry-Lecompton High School

PLHS juniors Casey Keane and Thomas Roberts organize plants for the annual sale.

If you’re looking for some plants for your garden, look no further than the Perry-Lecomton High School greenhouse operated by the seventh hour botany class.

April 29th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Perry School District,Schools,The Independent | Read More »

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