Leavenworth County

Tonganoxie High takes 2nd at 4A state forensics
May 10, 2017
Tonganoxie High brought home a second-place trophy Saturday from the Class 4A State Speech and Drama Championships at Washburn Rural in Topeka. THS had seven students place at state, which helped the team to 294 points. That was just nine points behind state champion and Kaw Valley League foe Piper. Matt Scharff won an individual title in the humorous solo.
Tonganoxie USD 464 bond reissuance to save nearly $1.14 million; candidate filing deadline June 1; more hires, resignations, new positions
09:46 a.m., May 10, 2017 Updated 05:08 p.m.
Tonganoxie school board members approved refinancing of bonds that will save the district on average about $126,000 annually over the next decade, though those larger savings won’t start for a couple years.
Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development celebrates Class of 2017
May 10, 2017
Area residents ranging from high school seniors to retired citizens gathered last week in Tonganoxie to celebrate their graduation from Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development. SLCLD graduated 21 Wednesday, May 3, during a luncheon at Magdalenas Venue. Former state legislator and Kansas Board of Regents member Kenny Wilk was keynote speaker.
Art from the heart for Tonganoxie High students at Highland CC event
May 10, 2017
A van full of artwork and sculptures followed a school bus full of young Tonganoxie artists out of the Tonganoxie High School parking lot way too early last month. THS art students headed north April 27 to Highland Art Day for what has become an esteemed Highland Community College tradition.
Retirement recognition in Tonganoxie USD 464
May 3, 2017
Andy Gilner has taught government and political science for 40 years, but his first year in teaching he dabbled in drama, playing a role in the senior play “Meet My Ghosts.” That was at Bazine High School where the senior class had 10 students, not enough bodies for all the play’s roles. Gilner was reminded of this and other stories Sunday during a reception for retiring Tonganoxie USD 464 faculty and staff in the commons area at Tonganoxie Middle School.
Tonganoxie school board rescinds contract extension for superintendent
May 3, 2017
The Tonganoxie School Board has rescinded a one-year extension to its superintendent’s contract as the school district’s top administrator awaits a jury trial for alleged failure to report abuse at a former school. Chris Kleidosty came to Tonganoxie nearly a year ago, agreeing to a two-year contract as superintendent. In February, he was arrested for alleged failure to report abuse in the Prairie View school district where he was superintendent before coming to Tonganoxie.
Tonganoxie superintendent’s case headed to jury trial
Alleged failure to report sexual abuse case continues next month
April 26, 2017
Tonganoxie public school Superintendent Chris Kleidosty will stand trial before a jury in Linn County for a case involving alleged failure to report sexual abuse at his former school district. Kleidosty appeared Wednesday in Linn County District Court. His attorney, Alan Fogleman, asked for a bench trial, but Linn County Attorney James Brun requested the jury trial.
All for ‘1” in Tonganoxie High making music history
April 26, 2017
Members of the Tonganoxie High School Band and Vocal Music Department have much to chirp about right now. The department made school history April 13 when it received four “1” ratings at a Class 4A large-group state music festival in Atchison.
Team Tongie painting night Saturday at VFW
April 21, 2017
Team Tongie is offering a painting night as a fundraiser later this month. At the event, visitors will paint a “love” picture led by Tonganoxie High School art teacher Amy Johnson starting at 6 p.m. April 22 at Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271, 910 E. First St. Cost is $30 per person, with proceeds helping area families facing serious health or medical crisis.
Undies drive and bingo at Tonganoxie Public Library
April 21, 2017
Folks were dropping their pants often this past month at Tonganoxie Public Library. Well, to be more specific, people were dropping off underwear at the local library. Don’t be alarmed. No one actually was disrobing March 15-April 15 at Third and Bury streets. Instead, it was the library’s Drop (off) Your Drawers drive.
State speaker to discuss communities and better involvement tonight in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
A staff member of Public Square Communities, Inc., who is part of numerous statewide initiatives will speak tonight in Tonganoxie. Liz Sosa of Garden City will lead a community discussion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School campus.
Building activity up in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
There’s a lot of building activity these days in Tonganoxie. Assistant City Manager Jamie Shockley presented numbers at Monday’s City Council meeting. She noted that Tonganoxie leads the county in single-resident building permits being issued so far this year. Shockley said many numbers are encouraging so far this year, including 26 percent of budget estimates have been collected for sales tax. That’s up from 13 percent at this time in 2016. Shockley said she wanted to research why that number has doubled from last year.
Mayors for Meals in Tonganoxie
April 19, 2017
To help raise awareness of this service and its demand in the community, each year, the Council on Aging participates in Meals on Wheels of America’s “March for Meals” campaign. Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward, as he has done often in recent years, helped deliver meals to homebound seniors last month in Tonganoxie as part of mayoral support acoss the country.
Tonganoxie school board approves issuance of $9.6 million in bonds
April 13, 2017
The school district is pushing ahead with issuance of more than $9.6 million in general obligation refunding bonds. Issuance of the Series 2017-A bonds are thought to save the district at the least $500,000, according to Roger Edgar of George K. Baum and Company.