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Do you recycle?

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Yes, but I utilized the community recycling dropoff and am content to take recycling elsewhere instead of pay for curbside service
 
72%
No, I don’t recycle. Trash is trash
 
16%
Yes, I have a Tonganoxie curbside bin and you should opt in, too
 
5%
Yes, but I live in the county and want to opt in for curbside service
 
5%
Yes, I have a Tonganoxie curbside bin, but it should be mandatory for all city households
 
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0%
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Tonganoxie USD 464 personnel moves approved at board meetings
August 17, 2017
Contract/work agreements approved as part of Monday’s agenda were Margaret Estes, special education van driver (replacing Lindsey Hayden); Christina Jeannin, Tonganoxie High School special education para (replacing Megan Hadley); Molly Welsh, THS special education life skills para (replacing Janice Adams); Michelle Glavin, THS special education para (replacing Megan Bundy) Doug Sandburg, THS girls golf head coach; Stephanie Vermylie, mail carrier; and Matthew Christensen, THS concession manager. Christensen replaces Sandburg, who resigned as concessions manager. Contracts/work agreements approved as part of this past Thursday’s special meeting were Mike Neal, TMS STEM instructor (new position); Sara Schmidt, TES special education para (replacing Erin Swallow; Rabecka Reischman, bus driver (Replacing Joey Mantooth); Suzanne May, bus driver (Replacing Rachel Cullison); Nora Tripp, TES fifth-grade teacher (replacing Kelsey Junker); Brady Field, THS class sponsor; Preston Troyer, powerlifting coach (replacing Matt Bond); Jami Boone, TMS special education life skills; Maggie Estes, special education van driver; and Elizabeth Wilson, special education van para.
School board approves new Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center sound system, special-needs vehicle
August 17, 2017
The Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center sound system will get upgrades to the tune of nearly $20,000. The board approved, 6-0, sound systems improvements of $19,900 to replace borken, failing and out-of-compliance equipment, according to Tonya Phillips, interim superintendent.
Tonganoxie school board delays decision on superintendent status
August 17, 2017
The Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent remains on administrative leave with pay after Monday’s regular school board meeting. No action was taken concerning Kleidosty’s employment status. Board members met for an hour and 15 minutes in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Board member Dan Hopkins, who was not at the meeting, joined the other six members via conference call during the closed-door session. Board president Bryan Kemp told patrons after the executive session that the board needed more time on the topic to gather information and make a decision regarding the employee.
Tonganoxie teams get early start
August 16, 2017
The early birds were out and about Monday morning. Tonganoxie High opened the fall season with 12:01 a.m. practices Monday, continuing a tradition that the THS cross country team started several years ago. THS cross country coach John Tollefson said he was excited for his team to get the season started.
Eyes toward skies in Tonganoxie, across nation as folks await rare solar eclipse
August 16, 2017
Umbraphiles have been waiting decades to witness Monday’s anticipated spectacular totality. Translation: Super solar eclipse enthusiasts are quite eager to see Monday’s much ballyhooed solar eclipse. From coast to coast, Americans are abuzz with solar eclipse talk, which makes sense if you think about the frequency of such an event. According to Tonganoxie High School teacher Matt Beat, on average, a total solar eclipse occurs in one location every 375 years, while other spots might go thousands of years between solar eclipses.
Tonganoxie High one of top FCCLA chapters at national event
August 11, 2017
The Tonganoxie High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter proved to be one of the top chapters in the nation this year. THS won several awards July 2-6 at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Senior divisions are for FCCLA members in sophomore through senior classes. The junior division is for FCCLA members in sixth grade through freshman year of high school.
The Columnists: Jarbalo Jottings, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
August 11, 2017
A look at this week’s columns:
City approves slight mill jump; USD 464 proposal slightly down
August 11, 2017
Tonganoxie’s mill levy will have a slight increase for 2018. The Tonganoxie City Council had its budget hearing Monday before adoption of the 2018 budget, which carries a mill rate of 45.144. That’s a slight jump from the 2017 rate of 44.84 and nearly a 1-mill increase from 2016’s rate of 44.179. No residents spoke during the public hearing. The council then voted to give final approval to make the budget official. The Tonganoxie school board will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Tonganoxie Elementary School library to give initial approval to its 2017-18 budget.
Fall sports start Monday with midnight practices in Tonganoxie
August 10, 2017
And so it begins. One of the first signs that summer vacation is drawing to a close is the start of fall sports season. KSHSAA teams can begin practice Monday. And, as has been customary in Tonganoxie in recent years, Tonganoxie High teams won’t be wasting any time, as teams will start their first practice at midnight Monday morning. For the THS cross country team, the season will start gathering at the high school and then going for a run around town. Parents and other volunteers post up along the route to make it a safe route in case there is traffic. And of course, the runners will be hitting the pavement in the dark. Monday starts the 2017 season for THS cross country, football, soccer and volleyball, as does it for McLouth cross country, football and volleyball.
Voter turnout low for primary as two challengers lead vote-getting
August 8, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Aug. 1 primary results. Voters selected up to three candidates, as terms for incumbents Chris Donnelly, Andy Gilner and Jim Truesdell are set to expire. The top six candidates out of the 10-candidate field advance to the November general election. Gilner and Donnelly both made the top six, while Truesdell finished seventh in the vote-getting. Challenger Jamie Lawson had the most votes with 209, while fellow challenger Loralee Stevens had 138 votes. Donnelly placed third with 120 votes, AW Rocky Himpel fourth with 115 and Gilner fifth with 99. Ryan Keltner nabbed the final general election spot with 90 votes.
Go on red with new Tonganoxie High track
August 8, 2017
The new track at Beatty Field definitely has school spirit. Workers painted the track red on Monday. The track previously was black and now, of course, is Tonganoxie High’s primary school color. It’s also become a popular color for tracks across the country.
Linn County attorney dismisses case against Tonganoxie superintendent
August 7, 2017
The case against the Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent has been dismissed. Chris Kleidosty was scheduled to appear Monday in Linn County District Court, but James Brun, Linn County attorney, recently dismissed the case. Kleidosty was arrested in February on charges of alleged failure to report two sex abuse cases in the Prairie View school district, where he previously was that district’s top administrator. The Tonganoxie school board placed him on administrative leave with pay shortly after the arrest. He remains on leave with pay.
Rickard ready to embark on college career at Ottawa
August 3, 2017
Keaton Rickard weighed his options in continuing his football career at the college level. In the end, he opted to head south. Rickard signed earlier this year to play football at Ottawa University. He also seriously considered the short trip north to Leavenworth and University of St. Mary. He also had his eye on the short trip west to Washburn in Topeka.
Tonganoxie USD 464 in-person enrollment ends today; online deadline Aug. 11
August 3, 2017
USD 464 in-person enrollment concludes Thursday; online concludes Aug. 11 Online enrollment for students in Tonganoxie USD 464 is open through Aug. 11. In-person enrollment was Tuesday and continues 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. New THS student enrollment is 8 a.m.-2 p.m Thursday.
Fall sports teams to get season started Aug. 14
August 3, 2017
Tonganoxie and Mclouth fall sports seasons soon will be starting. Preseason practices begin across the state Aug. 14.
Tonganoxie Summer Lunch Crew reports successful free youth lunch program
August 3, 2017
The Summer Lunch Crew grew in participation this summer at Tonganoxie Elementary School. The program, which is in its second year, offered free lunches to any youths 18 and younger. The United States Department of Agriculture sponsors the lunch program, which can be found in many school districts. However, Tonganoxie added other components to its midday offerings aside from the meals.
Baker bound for THS cross country and track alum
August 3, 2017
A major, a coach and future teammates helped solidify Emily Chambers’ decision to continue her running career in Baldwin City. Flanked by her parents, Jason and Jenny Chambers, Emily signed with Baker University earlier this year to run cross country and participate in indoor and outdoor track for the Wildcats. “When I took my visit, the school just seemed perfect,” Chambers said. “There were a few upperclassmen who came and had lunch with me. They had nothing but great things to say about Baker.
New THS activities director taking over in Tonganoxie
AD, also a 2nd assistant principal, settling in before school year
07:57 a.m., August 2, 2017 Updated 12:02 a.m.
Mr. Random is in his first month as activities director/assistant principal at Tonganoxie High School. Actually his name is Brandon Mellen, but he jokingly refers to himself as Mr. Random because he has a variety of interests and experiences. Mellen, who started July 1 in the Tonganoxie school district, played basketball at Emporia State, coached college basketball at Fort Scott Community College and Baker University, served as a “ball boy” on the sideline for Kansas football games in Lawrence and officiated high school basketball.
Challengers lead vote-getting, 1 incumbent ousted in Tonganoxie City Council primary
August 1, 2017
The Tonganoxie City Council will have at least one new member, thanks to Tuesday’s primary results. Voters selected up to three candidates, as terms for incumbents Chris Donnelly, Andy Gilner and Jim Truesdell are set to expire. The top six candidates out of the 10-candidate field advance to the November general election. Gilner and Donnelly both made the top six, while Truesdell finished seventh in the vote-getting.
Tonganoxie City Council primary election voter’s guide
July 27, 2017
Editor’s note: The Mirror emailed questionnaires to all active candidates in this year’s Tonganoxie City Council primary. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Additional candidate responses appear on page 4A. Rachell I. Rowand has dropped out of the race, she told The Mirror last week, as her residence likely won’t be annexed into the city anytime soon. Ballots already have been created, so her name will still appear.

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