Schools and education

Jenkins visits Tonganoxie High School to chat with juniors, seniors about DC
October 14, 2016
Longtime Tonganoxie High School teacher Andy Gilner has offered a unique extra credit to his students for more than 20 years. The American government instructor has encouraged students to write to their U.S. senators and representatives inviting them to visit THS and tell the senior class about their work in Washington, D.C. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, has visited in the past and did so again last week. Jenkins, the current representative for Kansas’ 2nd District, spoke to both juniors and seniors at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. School officials stressed to Jenkins that the discussion with students should be educational and not a campaign visit. Jenkins will face Democratic challenger Britani Potter, an Ottawa school board member, next month in the general election.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board picks new member; FTE enrollment up; library building discussed; contracts, resignations approved
October 14, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 has a new board member. Phillip Welsh, a local engineer, was selected by a unanimous 5-0 vote at Monday’s meeting. Amelia Brusven was absent. The board interviewed Welsh during the regular meeting, while another applicant, Doug Regehr, interviewed with the board through video chat.
Application deadline for vacant Tonganoxie USD 464 spot is Monday
September 29, 2016
The application deadline for Tonganoxie USD 464 residents interested in applying for the district’s vacant board position is Monday.
Tonganoxie High School stages two showings of ‘The Odd Couple’
September 29, 2016
Tonganoxie High School staged a popular production last weekend.
Almost Golf’ tournament at Tonganoxie High set for Oct. 1
September 28, 2016
The fifth annual “Almost Golf: Tournament is coming next month to Tonganoxie High School. The event will start at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 on the THS campus. Proceeds will go toward the THS golf team and Team Tongie. For more information, contact Doug Sandburg at
Tonganoxie High Science Olympiad fundraiser is Thursday
September 21, 2016
The Tonganoxie High School Science Olympiad will have a fundraiser this week. A Lu La Roe fundraiser will run from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the THS library on the school’s west campus. People can shop for dresses, skirts, leggings, tops, children’s clothes and more. Proceeds will benefit the Science Olympiad.
Tonganoxie High School to perform ‘The Odd Couple’
September 21, 2016
Tonganoxie High School will be performing “The Odd Couple” for its fall play this weekend at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center. The popular comedy that has graced stage and small screen is about two buddies who almost kill each other trying to share an apartment. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at TPAC. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults.
Tonganoxie’s hometown celebration
Crowning, parade, inductions part of homecoming festivities
September 15, 2016
When you wish upon a star, it usually doesn’t matter who you are, but this week it will be all Disney most of the time at Tonganoxie High School. This year’s theme is The Wonderful World of Tongie, as Monday was Monster Monday and Tuesday Lion King Tuesday. Today is Disney Duo Day and there is a special event this evening.
Tonganoxie USD 464 has 1 applicant for board opening; hires and resignations; Statehouse candidate visits meeting
September 15, 2016
There’s still time for anyone interested in applying for the open Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board seat to file at the district’s central office. The board opted to make noon Oct. 3 the deadline for any additional applicants. The board plans to interview applicants at it October board meeting, which is 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the TES library.
Speaker takes on tragedy in Tonganoxie High assembly
August 31, 2016
Aaron Thomas shared many thought-provoking quotes during assemblies last week at Tonganoxie High School. “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond,” Thomas said, reciting one of a handful of quotes he found vital to share with THS students. Thomas has been faced with trying times that have tested that quote’s validity.
Chief scholarship for Tonganoxie High graduate
Shelton wins Len Dawson award
August 28, 2016
It’s not everyday a person gets recognized front and center in an 80,000-seat stadium. Tonganoxie’s McKinna Shelton, though, stood earlier this month at midfield during a Chiefs home football game to receive an esteemed award.
Tonganoxie USD 464 holds line on mill rate; Smith resigns from board
August 10, 2016
The Tonganoxie School Board approved, 5-0, the proposed 2016-17 budget for USD 464. Superintendent Chris Kleidosty’s proposal calls for a budget with a slightly lower mill rate. The 2016-17 proposed budget, which is being published in the legals portion of the B section, calls for a mill rate of 60.398. That’s a slight drop from the actual 2015-16 rate of 60.402. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in property valuation.
Free lunch program at Tonganoxie Middle School continues through July 22
July 12, 2016
Tonganoxie Middle School again is offering free summer meals for all youths and teens ages 1-18. The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will finish up its two-month stint July 22. Meal times are 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Adult meals are available for $3.45. To learn more or find a Summer Meal Program while traveling, go to:
School district offering online enrollment
July 12, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 is offering online enrollment through Aug. 5. All enrollment (walk-in and online) must be completed by Aug. 16. For more information about how to enroll online, go to
Tonganoxie USD 464 moving end-of-year balance to help cover facility improvements
Brandon Parker resigns as teacher, coach in school district
July 12, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 will be looking to address capital improvements in the coming school year. New Superintendent Chris Kleidosty told the board that the district’s end-of-year transfer balance was about $269,000. He said in talking with personnel, it was his recommendation to earmark those funds for capital outlay to address some improvement projects that are in need of completion. One candidate is updating the district’s track at Beatty Field.