Tonganoxie USD 464 board discusses traffic issues at new school
As Tonganoxie USD 464 moves forward with its new elementary school, it also prepares for what Superintendent Lyn Rantz said could take some patience — traffic dropping off and picking up students at Tonganoxie elementary and middle schools.
With the schools neighboring each other south of Washington Street and another school, Genesis Christian Academy, just down the way several blocks west on Washington Street, it might take some time for patrons to get acclimated to the traffic flow.
Parents will turn onto East Street from Washington, just as they have done previously for drop-off and pick-up at the middle school. Now, there will be a second stop with the new elementary school. Traffic will meander along the new school and then to the middle school, while school buses and daycare buses will enter and exit the access road at 12th Street that was built exclusively for such transportation. Those vehicles will have access to both schools and will be separate from parental traffic. A gate on the access road between the two schools will be closed at peak traffic times to separate the two traffic flows.
Various personnel will be on hand outside the schools to help direct traffic, while fifth-graders will serve as ambassadors to assist students as well.
In addition, the district has created an instructional video regarding traffic flow that will be posted on its website, tong464.org.
Meetings planned for budget
The district will have a special meeting to discuss and approve the 2015-16 budget at 6 p.m. Monday at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School campus.
The proposed budget then will be published in The Mirror and a budget hearing will take place as part of the regular board meeting later in August.
Board OKs hires, resignations
The Tonganoxie School Board approved several resignations and contracts during its special meeting Monday and at the July 9 meeting.
Brian Engelken is the new Tonganoxie High School athletics director, while Al Troyer will be the new head THS girls track coach. Engelken replaces longtime AD Brandon Parker, while Troyer replaces Rachelle Pauly.
Stephanie Maurer also has been hired back as a para-educator. She will be a Tonganoxie Elementary School special education gifted para-educator. Maurer was one of the TES paras whose job was eliminated as part of budget cuts, but another position opened up in special education.
Work agreements approved at Monday’s meeting were: Parker as seventh-grade football assistant coach, replacing Andrew Williams and eighth-grade basketball assistant coach, replacing Keith Miller; Matt Brock, THS assistant wrestling coach, replacing Brian Kroll; Kelly Wigley, freshman girls basketball assistant coach, replacing Rachelle Pauly; Engelken, THS ACT preparation/leadership teacher (replacing David Walker staffing allocation); Mona Dibble, eighth-grade volleyball assistant coach, replacing Erin Bates; Clayton Neas, eighth-grade assistant football coach, replacing Keith Miller; Steve Zimmerman, third-grade teacher, replacing Wendy Haresnape; Alex Charlton, high school assistant football coach, replacing David Hillmon; and Kirsten Rhoads, THS assistant Science Olympiad. The team needed an additional sponsor. Rhoads will be splitting the supplemental with current sponsors.
Resignations accepted at Monday’s meeting were Brandy Coonce, TMS special education para-educator, and Haresnape, third-grade teacher.
Resignations accepted at the July 9 meeting were Carter Gish, TES special education para-educator; Karen Snyder, general education route bus driver; Christine Janssen, regular route bus driver; and Susan Eberth, TMS special education para-educator.
Other work agreements approved at the July 9 meeting were Samantha Schnittger, 6-8 science teacher, replacing Stacy Willis; Kelly Neis, eighth-grade volleyball head coach, replacing Emily Crady; Doug Sandburg, seventh-grade boys basketball head coach, replacing Josey Eastes; Erin Bates, freshman volleyball assistant coach, replacing Rachelle Pauly; Chyrstal Neeb-Thomas, special education teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, replacing Alyssa Cruickshank; Mind Lux, THS special education para-educator, transferring from TMS to replace Mary Stuerke; Chris Weller, eighth-grade girls assistant basketball coach, replacing Keith Miller; Doug Sandburg, THS concession stand manager, replacing Sarah Laundy; Preston Troyer, technology support and yearbook, replacing David Walker; Laundy, TES kitchen manager, replacing Pam Phillips; Carolyn Barnes, TMS special education para-educator, replacing Lux; Michael Kasten, THS football assistant coach, replacing Jesse Leigh; Rebecka Reischman, general education route driver, replacing Karen Snyder; Russell Cummings, regular route bus driver, replacing Angela Unruh; Shawn Phillips, THS technology support (replacing David Walker); Jodie Smith, THS business teacher, replacing Kelly Jansen; and THS assistant girls basketball coach, replacing David Walker; and Mark Richards, THS automotive teacher, replacing Matt Dunning.