School Board Briefs
Board approves funds for Cotton Bowl trip
It was an early, and well-deserved holiday gift for the high school band when school board members approved funding to help send 95 band members to the Cotton Bowl next month.
In fact, the board approved even more funding than requested.
Band director Charles VanMiddlesworth explained that the cost of the trip was estimated at $38,000, and noted that band members had already raised $30,000. He said he expected fund-raisers to bring in an additional $2,000.
He asked if the board would donate $6,000 to help pay expenses. He said the $38,000 doesn't include the cost of rooms or meals for sponsors traveling with the group.
After a motion by Bob Gepner to give the band $6,000 was approved, board member Rick Lamb made a motion to increase the amount to $8,000, to help cover costs for sponsors. The board unanimously approved Lamb's motion.
Students' test scores higher than last year
Things are looking up for Tonganoxie's eighth- and ninth-graders. Richard Erickson, superintendent, said these classes showed improvements on the Stanford achievement test.
The ninth-graders' ranking reached the 64.6 percentile, compared to the 62.6 percentile a year ago. The eighth-graders came in at the 60.6 percentile this year, compared to the 51.5 percentile a year ago.
League attractive to Bonner Springs
If a neighboring town has its way, the Kaw Valley League may soon grow.
Tonganoxie High School principal Mike Bogart told school board members Monday that Bonner Springs High School is interested in joining the league.
"Bonner Springs made a presentation at the Kaw Valley League," Bogart said. "They argued that we already have a great number of connections between parents and kids across the county line here, they said they felt a closeness here and they participate in our winter tournament."
He said it's possible Mill Valley and DeSoto high schools would leave the league.
By general consensus, board members gave approval for Bonner Springs to join the Kaw Valley League.
Board re-appoints foundation members
The board appointed Jim Grinter, Kent Needham, Bob Kasper and Kay Soetaert to serve additional two-year terms on the school foundation board. Following executive session, the board hired Heather DeMaranville as nurse at the junior high and high school and Julie Lesher for a food service position at the elementary school.