Schools and education

Turf project on schedule at Tonganoxie High’s Beatty Field; personnel recommendations approved
June 12, 2019
Though rain halted progress on the turf project in recent weeks, better construction weather has helped the field turf project at Beatty Field. Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said the project should be back on schedule for completion at the end of July or early August. He said a layer of rock likely will be the next step for the project, likely later this week.
Tonganoxie High track qualifies 9 individuals, 2 relays for state track meet
May 22, 2019
Calvin Morgan competed in the toughest Class 4A regional for the 3,200 meters. The Tonganoxie High senior’s time would have given him a regional champion at any of the other three 4A regionals, but Morgan finished fourth at the Abilene regional with a time of 10 minutes, 27.44 seconds.
Beatty Field renovations begin on Tonganoxie High School campus
May 18, 2019
The grass surface is all but gone at Beatty Field. Crews started prep work for the field, which will have artificial turf installed in during the next 2-3 months. Tonganoxie USD 464 board members unanimously approved installing field turf at the stadium. The cost of the project, per the contract with ATG Sports out of Andover, is $655,500. A few items included in the agreement are an eight-year base warranty of all base work, rock and drainage under the turf which guarantees against soft spots, low spots and drainage problems, along with a grooming device and a no-change-orders guarantee. That means the bid includes all items necessary for the project. Any additional would come if the district added additional scope to the project.
Tonganoxie High to send off 160 at graduation Saturday
May 17, 2019
The Tonganoxie High School gymnasium likely will be a packed house Saturday. Commencement exercises for the THS Class of 2019 will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the school’s gymnasium. The THS band will perform songs before graduation and then play the processional as 160 THS seniors will enter the gymnasium. Faculty will greet the class as they file in for the final time as high school students.
School physicals to be offered May 20 at Tonganoxie High
May 9, 2019
Tonganoxie middle and high school students can get their sports physicals later this month. LMH Health will be offering the physiclals 6-7 p.m. May 20 at the Tonganoxie High School gymnasium. Cost is $25 for each physical, which requires no appointment. Half of the money taken for the physicals will be donated to the atehletic training sports medicine budget for the Tonganoxie school district.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board OKs proposed bond plan, state paperwork
May 2, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 is moving closer to asking voters to consider a bond issue that would revamp the Tonganoxie High School campus and considerably change its landscape. A few members from the proposed bond issue’s vision team spoke to the school board at a special meeting monday with the vision committee’s suggestion for what the new school would encompass.
Tonganoxie High Class of 1969 to have special event alumni weekend
May 2, 2019
The Tonganoxie High School Class of 1969 is celebrating its 50th year reunion with additional festivities surrounding this year’s annual alumni banquet. Class activities will kick off with a social from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Friday at Flashbacks, Fourth and Main streets in downtown Tonganoxie. A pulled pork dinner will be served for $13 a plate.
Tonganoxie High Community Service Day now taking place Friday
May 2, 2019
Weather permitting, Tonganoxie High School students will be all over town helping with cleanup efforts and other tasks Friday. It’s is the annual THS Community Service Day, which was moved from today due to inclement weather. Community Service Day is an annual event that puts THS students into the community helping with various projects, including improvements to school campuses and yard work for elderly residents.
Tonganoxie Middle School to celebrate 10 years of Fine Arts Night on Thursday at school
May 2, 2019
Tonganoxie Middle School students wil be showcasing their talent Thursday at TMS. The TMS Fine Arts Night will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the middle school. Several activities will be taking place during the event. Guitar Club, Warrior Jazz Ensemble, vocal music classes, along with instrumental and vocal ensembles will perform in the TMS gymnasium.
Bond issue group meets again at Tonganoxie High School
April 25, 2019
Tonganoxie USD 464 patrons had another meeting to discuss how to proceed with a potential school bond issue for an upgraded high school. The meeting took place Tuesday after The Mirror’s print deadline in the Chieftain Room on the THS East Campus. Patrons are looking at a bond issue that could raise property tax slightly, with one option raising taxes $33 annually on a house valued at $200,000.
Tonganoxie High celebrates 2019 prom at Kansas Union Ballroom
April 17, 2019
Tonganoxie High School celebrated its prom with festivities April 6 in Lawrence. Many students took outdoor photos and gathered in various groups for dinner at area restaurants before venturing off to the prom, which again took place at the Kansas Union Ballroom on the University of Kansas campus. Mark Greathouse Photography captured photos of the event and then students danced the night away. Prom royalty this year were Adam DeMaranville and Bailey Bradley. When prom finished up in Lawrence, students came back to Tonganoxie to celebrate After Prom festivities at the THS west campus gymnasium into the early hours of the next morning.
Night of Knights event is Friday
April 4, 2019
Genesis Christian Academy’s major annual fundraiser will be here in a few weeks. The GCA Night of Knights starts at 5:30 p.m. April 5 at the school, 204 Washington St. in Tonganoxie. The dinner and auction will feature silent and live auctions, raffles and door prizes. For more information, call 913-845-9498 or visit
Tonganoxie FFA Week involves field trips, outreach
March 14, 2019
The Tonganoxie FFA Chapter celebrated FFA Week with various activities in February. On Feb. 18, students toured the Kansas State University campus in Olathe. Students listened to guest speakers and toured labs and other facilities.
Turf to be a reality at Tonganoxie High School
March 6, 2019
The surface at Beatty Field is always going to be greener come the fall in Tonganoxie. The Tonganoxie School Board voted, 6-0, to have artificial turf installed at Beatty Field. Board member Stephanie Shupe was absent. Tonganoxie USD 464 board members unanimously approved installing field turf at the stadium. The project is expected to start May 8.
Genesis Christian Academy cancels Wednesday classes
February 20, 2019
Genesis Christian Academy has canceled Wednesday classes. GCA officials posted on social media Tuesday night that they would make a decision on whether to cancel classes early this morning. Tonganoxie USD 464 and other area schools called off classes Tuesday night.