Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie school board names Valley Falls superintendent to USD 464 post; Phillips to be assistant superintendent
April 17, 2018
An administrator with nearly 40 years in education has been named the next superintendent for Tonganoxie USD 464. The school board approved, 5-1, the hire of Loren Feldkamp as the district’s next superintendent. The contract is for two years starting July 1. The board also approved, 6-0, to hire Tonya Phillips as assistant superintendent for a one-year contract.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to meet again tonight at District Administrative Office
April 16, 2018
The Tonganoxie school board again will meet tonight in executive session at the USD 464 District Administrative Office, 330 E U.S. Highway 24-40 near the high school following last week’s interviews with superintendent candidates.
Leadership development class events Saturday in Tonganoxie, throughout county
April 13, 2018
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development class members have organized two events scheduled for this weekend: The Community Proud beautification project for local school districts and Pet Health Day. Here’s a closer look at both events:
Basehor Beat: Community Garden plots available
April 13, 2018
Plots at the Basehor Community Garden, in its seventh year of existence, are now available for the 2018 growing season. Last year, organizers started to convert the 10x21 ground plots into new 5x10 raised beds. Officials plan to do the same this spring. Plot sizes in 2018 will be 1-4x8 for $15 or 2-5x10 raised beds for $25. The garden still will have a few 10x21 ground plots, but they have already been reserved for the people who had them last year.
Mural work inside Tonganoxie business continues this weekend
April 12, 2018
With the help of an industrial lift, Elizabeth Daniel moved back and forth, up and down Saturday and Sunday at Ryan’s Public House in downtown Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie artist turned the avocado-colored wall into an ever-growing mural, scene by scene.
Tonganoxie superintendent candidate meet-and-greets discussed; personnel moves approved; board members complete training
April 12, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 welcomes district residents to a meet-and-greet with superintendent candidates today and tomorrow. Candidates will be available noon-1 p.m. today and Thursday at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. The schedule, though, struck a chord with Board Member Michelle McGhee. She said at Monday’s board meeting she had heard from constituents unhappy with the time slots, as evening would be a more opportune time.
Tonganoxie High Science Olympiad team wins 4th straight small-school state title
10:59 a.m., April 11, 2018 Updated 12:01 a.m.
Tonganoxie Interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips joked at Monday’s USD 464 school board meeting that some Tonganoxie High School students were a bit late to prom Saturday, but it was for good reason. Those THS students brought home a fourth straight state title in Science Olympiad in the small-school division.
Tonganoxie Planning Commission approves recommendations on large projects
April 11, 2018
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission approved recommendations for a handful of notable projects at its meeting Thursday. The rezone request and special use permit for the proposed luxury RV resort and retail development passed.
Public invited to meet Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent candidates
April 10, 2018
The public is invited for a meet and greet with candidates for Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent this week. The events will be noon-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
Night of Knights is Friday at Tonganoxie’s Genesis Christian Academy
April 5, 2018
Genesis Christian Academy’s big fundraiser is coming later this week. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the GCA gymnasium, 204 Washington St. in Tonganoxie. Silent and live auctions, raffles and door prizes will be offered, along with various entertainment. Visitors could win an autographed basketball from the University of Kansas men’s basketball team that just finished its season at the Final Four and an autographed football from the Kansas State University football team.
Public invited to see Tonganoxie artist create mural inside local business this weekend
April 5, 2018
A local artist will be painting a mural inside a Tonganoxie business and the public is invited to view the process. Tonganoxie artist Elizabeth Daniel will be painting a mural on the west interior wall of Ryan’s Public House, 622 E. Fourth St. in downtown Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie Planning Commission to hear proposals today for luxury RV, new Casey’s store
April 5, 2018
The Tonganoxie Planning Commission will decide whether to approve plans for two projects that could have major implications on the Tonganoxie landscape. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to decide whether to approve plans for a proposed luxury RV resort just east of Tonganoxie and a new Casey’s General Store south of the U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16 intersection. Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, along with Red Circle Development are proposing the luxury RV resort and adjacent retail development, respectively.
Board hires new Tonganoxie Elementary School principal
April 5, 2018
The school board also hired a new Tonganoxie Elementary School principal for the 2018-19 school year. Board members approved Chuck Mahon to take over at TES.
Area educator appointed to Tonganoxie school board
April 5, 2018
A local educator has been appointed to the Tonganoxie School Board, but members will need to appoint another, as the board president also resigned this past week. The Tonganoxie school board selected Stephanie Shupe on Thursday to finish out the unexpired term of Bryan Kemp.
Former fire chief appointed to Tonganoxie City Council
April 5, 2018
Dave Bennett is the newest member of the Tonganoxie City Council. The council voted, 3-2, to appoint Bennett to Jamie Lawson’s unexpired term. Curtis Oroke, Rocky Himpel and Loralee Stevens all voted in favor of Bennett, while fellow Council Member Kara Reed and Mayor Jason Ward voted against. Because of the type of vote it was for an appointment, Ward had the option to vote. Normally the mayor does not vote unless a tiebreaker is necessary or a super majority is required.

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