A public town hall meeting regarding the budget of McLouth USD No. 342 took place Wednesday, April 7 in the McLouth Methodist Church sanctuary.
Before this, the board of education had asked the budget committee and the administration to put together a list of recommended cuts to meet the shortfall of an estimated $400,000 to $520,000.
Though this information was discussed at a special board of education meeting that was open to the public, this additional meeting was at the request of the budget committee, which consists of Superintendent Jean Rush and several teachers, in an effort to continue to inform the public of the budget shortfalls the school district is facing.
This session explained the cuts and offered those living in the McLouth School District an opportunity to offer creative solutions to the issues. About 50 citizens attended and participated in the interactive meeting. Several rumors were discussed and put to rest.
There are volunteer opportunities at the school for those who would like to participate. All volunteers must have “background checks” before they become involved in any activities.
The school may accept private donations and can apply the funds to specific areas (examples: library, sports, music, etc.) if desired. McLouth USD No. 342 Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month in the school library.
• Enjoy Kansas’ Greatest Patriots Day Parade and Celebration. Events start at 8 a.m. Saturday in McLouth.
Planned events: Pancakes from 8-10 a.m. at the fire station; Health Fair at McLouth Medical Clinic, 8:30-11 a.m.; quilt show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at McLouth Methodist Church; or “Adopt-A-Dog” from the Humane Society.
Children's Parade (all children 12 years and younger) begins at 11 a.m. Other activities and offerings: military vehicles and memorabilia will be on display, homemade ice cream to be served; library having basket raffle and bake sale and more, including children’s activities such as pony rides and a petting zoo.
The main parade begins at 1 p.m. All veterans are welcome to ride on the veterans’ trolley. A World War II re-enactment will take place after the parade. McLouth Kiwanis will serve Lunch. Open Arms Daycare and various organizations also will have food stands and some garage sales will take place around town as well.
• McLouth High School National Honor Society students will be special guests of the McLouth Friendship Club.
This is a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with these outstanding and promising students.
The covered dish Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at the McLouth Community Center. All adults over 50 are welcome. Please bring extra food to share so we’ll have plenty, and your table service. If you need a ride, the Jefferson County Services Organization vehicle (with limited seating) is available to residents within a one-mile radius of McLouth. Please call Charlotte Robinson to make your reservation for a ride: (913) 796-6798.