Schools and education

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: www.tong464.org/Departments/SummerMealProgram.
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 tong464.org.
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.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board reflects on political climate in Topeka
June 15, 2016
Education in Kansas for grades K-12 is in a state of uncertainty with state’s Supreme Court and Legislature at odds with how to handle state funding. Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Lyn Rantz told the board that school districts are in a wait-and-see mode with the current situation in Topeka, but that the Department of Education has a contingency plan in place if a solution is not made before schools are set to start a new year in August.
Tonganoxie High summer camps, weight program starting soon
June 1, 2016
Sports is a year-round process that continues with the summer offseason. Some camps have been scheduled, with more to come in the coming weeks. Here’s a look at some of the camps and programs being offered so far this summer.
Tonganoxie Recreation Commission summer kickoff is Saturday
Many summer programs have started in school district
May 31, 2016
The school year has concluded, but there are many activities scheduled for the summer break months. Tonganoxie Recreation Commission will have its annual summer kickoff party 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Chieftain Park.
Tonganoxie selects Prairie View administrator as latest schools superintendent
May 24, 2016
An administrator with ties to the area will be the superintendent for Tonganoxie USD 464. The Tonganoxie School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Chris Kleidosty as its next superintendent. Kleidosty, who graduated from Valley Falls High School in neighboring Jefferson County, comes to Tognanoxie from Prairie View USD 362 in La Cygne. He served as superintendent the past nine years in that Linn County district.
Tonganoxie bids farewell to Class of 2016 with Saturday graduation
May 17, 2016
Tonganoxie High School valedictorian Spencer Finkbiner thanked some of his teachers for their great mentoring at Saturday’s commencement exercises, but at one point during his speech, he admitted that he wasn’t the foremost authority on giving thoughtful and inspiring speeches to his peers. “Just this week my mom had to remind me how to sort my laundry,” Finkbiner said. “And you want me to give you worthwhile, life-directing advice? I’m just a kid.
Tonganoxie School Board again tables contract decision for Parker; 200 attend meeting
12:11 p.m., May 17, 2016 Updated 01:58 p.m.
The Tonganoxie School Board again has tabled a decision on whether to renew a teacher’s contract as roughly 200 patrons looked on at Monday’s special meeting. The board voted, 4-3, to table the item until the state decides next month whether to censure the teacher. Board Members Bryan Kemp, Michelle McGhee and Kris Grinter voted against the measure. The board originally scheduled the special meeting to discuss selection of finalists for the district’s new superintendent Monday at the Tonganoxie Middle School library.
Tonganoxie USD 464 special meeting tonight for superintendent search, teacher contract
12:43 p.m., May 16, 2016 Updated 01:03 p.m.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board is expected to make a decision on whether to renew a teacher’s contract and also continue with its superintendent search. Monday’s special meeting, along with subsequent ones scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday and Friday if needed, will be at 6 p.m. in the Tonganoxie Middle School library.
Tonganoxie superintendent interviews set for next week
Discussion on fate of teacher’s contract tabled until special Monday meeting
May 10, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 will go through its process of selecting a new superintendent next week, but also is expected to decide on a teacher contract.
Tonganoxie USD 464 offering shuttle service for Saturday’s graduation; MHS to have commencement exercises Saturday morning
May 10, 2016
Let the mortar boards fly.
Alumni banquets are Saturday for Tonganoxie, McLouth
May 3, 2016
The Tonganoxie High School and McLouth High School alumni banquets are this weekend. This year’s THS banquet starts with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chieftain Room on Tonganoxie High School’s east campus.
Tonganoxie High provides assistance throughout area with annual Community Service Day
May 3, 2016
Tonganoxie High School students did their part helping out around town Thursday. Whether it was tending to a flower garden, helping senior citizens with chores or serving breakfast to firefighters and police officers, THS students were lending hands. Thursday was the annual Community Service Day.
Patrons weigh in on Tonganoxie superintendent search process during stakeholder meeting
April 26, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464’s next superintendent should have a good relationship with faculty and staff and be heavily involved in the community. The new top administrator should also be a team player and trustworthy. Those were some of the qualities patrons said were important for a new superintendent to be successful. Roughly people attended the stakeholder meeting Thursday at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School east campus.

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