Board OKs new THS band uniforms
Halftime shows at Beatty Field will have a new look this fall.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved, 6-0, with Leana Leslie absent, the purchase of 135 new uniforms and their accessories for the high school marching band at just under $80,000 from Fruhauf Uniforms, Wichita.
Accessories allow for three different variations of the uniform.
Superintendent Randy Weseman said Tuesday that he couldn’t find exact records of when the school’s current uniforms were purchased.
“More than 20 years,” he said. “The uniforms are older than the kids.”
In other business, the board:
• Heard from Tonganoxie Elementary School teachers and staff about reading recovery efforts for students who need additional instruction with reading skills. Staff announced that TES also won the Kansas Exemplary Reading Award through the Kansas Reading Association for its reading recovery efforts. The award will be presented later this month in San Antonio at the International Reading Association meeting.
• Heard from Weseman that Tonganoxie Middle School was named the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators Middle School of the Year for 2013. The board plans to have a reception before the next board meeting to recognize the award winners.
• Accepted, 6-0, resignations and a retirement. Resignations were from Garrett Black, THS assistant football coach; Tina Burch, second-grade teacher; Jared Schultz, middle school physical education; and John Woodward, kindergarten teacher. Barb Easter, high school west secretary, submitted her intent to retire.
• Approved, 6-0, contracts for Megan Carlton, Tonganoxie Middle School Family and Consumer Science teacher; and Lea Mielke, TMS two sections of seventh-grade language arts, one section seventh-grade science, one section seventh-grade social studies and two sections seventh-grade literature for the 2013-14 school year.
• Approved, 6-0, a resolution to levy tax for the capital outlay fund. The annual tax levy would be for five years for no more than 8 mills. The levy can be made unless a protest petition with 10 percent of voters in the school district is filed with the county clerk 40 days after the last publication of the resolution, which will be next Wednesday’s edition of The Mirror. If the protest is successful, the measure would be put to a vote at the next general election or in a special election.
Weseman said Tuesday it’s standard procedure for school districts and “sets the ceiling.” He said the district hasn’t utilitzed the full 8 mills.
“It’s just something every five years we need to do,” Weseman said. “It doesn’t mean it’s going to be 8 (mills).
“We’ve moved between four to seven. It depends on what kind of projects (the district is planning).”