Schools and education

Tonganoxie USD 464 signals learning center construction with groundbreaking
October 14, 2020
The Tonganoxie High campus is really buzzing these days with the sounds of construction. Tonganoxie USD 464 officials, community members and the THS building expansion team were on hand for a groundbreaking Wednesday, Oct. 7, where the new THS Learning Center will stand in the future. School district Superintendent Loren Feldkamp led the ceremony as members of the Tongie Strong building committee, THS administrators, Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips, school board members and other community members looked on.
Tonganoxie High School student tests positive for COVID-19
September 9, 2020
A Tonganoxie High School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The Tonganoxie school district released a statement Wednesday afternoon that a student has tested positive for the virus. The Leavenworth County Health Department notified the school district about the positive case, according to the release.
Genesis Christian Academy reporting major jumps in enrollment; Tonganoxie USD 464 anticipates having more clear numbers report early next week
September 2, 2020
Genesis Christian Academy has been in session for just more than two weeks and is seeing a considerable jump in enrollment. Denise Bixby, who is in her second year as academy coordinator, said there are 43 students enrolled grades kindergarten through fifth grade, along with 25 in preschool.
Classes start next week for Tonganoxie USD 464 students; Genesis now in 2nd week of classes
August 27, 2020
Students in the Tonganoxie school district will begin classes Sept. 3. Students have the option to enroll in distance learning or in-person classes. Students enrolled in in-person classes will be in school the traditional five days each week.
Tonganoxie USD 464 approves 2020-21 budget with 2-mill increase
August 26, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 budget for 2020-21 will see an increase of a little more than 2 mills. School board members approved the budget during a special meeting Monday at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board approves personnel moves
August 14, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board approved several contract/work agreements, transfers, resignations and other personnel updates at its regular meeting Monday at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to offer distance learning, full in-person options
August 12, 2020
Students in Tonganoxie USD 464 can either enroll in distance learning or on-site schooling that will take place five days each week with various precautions and protocols being implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USD 464 school board members approved the plan Monday during their regular meeting at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
Full speed ahead at critical time: New Tonganoxie High athletics director settling in at pivotal point
August 6, 2020
Educators and administrators are getting ready for an unprecedented school year. Cody Witte is doing so at new school. Witte is the new activities director at Tonganoxie High School. He also serves as a new assistant principal, taking over for Brandon Mellen, who stepped down to take on another job at an American academy in Peru. Witte comes to THS from Jackson Heights, a Class 2A school near Holton. He was there three years and served as high school and middle school athletics director at Jackson Heights.
Tonganoxie to evaluate possible public mask requirements in city
August 6, 2020
Tonganoxie city leaders plan to discuss the possibility of requiring residents to wear masks in public. Mayor David Frese brought up the topic during Monday’s regular Tonganoxie City Council meeting, which was a virtual Zoom meeting available to residents by calling into the meeting, as many have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frese wanted to discuss the idea as cases climb and youths soon will be going back to school in some fashion.
Tonganoxie school board to meet again Tuesday to decide updated district calendar
July 24, 2020
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will meet again Tuesday to approve an updated district calendar for 2020-21, with school now potentially starting after Labor Day as districts statewide determine how to move forward as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Board members met Thursday to hear from administrators about potential plans for the fall semester.
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board to have special meeting Thursday to discuss reopening plans
July 23, 2020
Tonganoxie USD 464 will have a special school board meeting Thursday to discuss a strategic reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year.
Unprecedented events preparing seniors for next chapters, Reed says in speech
July 23, 2020
Bryn Reed, Tonganoxie High School valedictorian for the Class of 2020, gave a speech during commencement exercises July 20 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Here’s a transcript of her speech: And here I thought I was going to get out of giving a graduation speech. But since we’re all here, I might as well give one.
Tonganoxie High finally sends off Class of 2020
July 22, 2020
Tonganoxie High School Class of 2020 president Payton Lynn referenced words from “Seasons of Love,” the famous song from the popular movie and musical “Rent” during her welcome address at THS commencement exercises recently at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Lynn said she was trying to provide perspective on how we measure education value. “You know, the one that goes ‘Five hundred twenty-five thousand, 600 minutes, how can you measure a year in the life’” she said. “I’ll spare you all the pleasures of me trying to sing that one to you.”
Tonganoxie city, school district to discuss proposed transportation building
July 16, 2020
Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said Bothwell has contacted city officials to discuss a proposed transportation building to be constructed near the elementary and middle schools.
Contract/work agreements, resignations approved
July 16, 2020
The board approved hires and resignations during the meeting. Contracts and work agreements were approved for Kirstie Cox, TES second-grade teacher; Angela Trowbridge, THS student council sponsor; and Amy Hoffsett, regular route bus driver. Resignations were approved for Jordan Welch, TES fourth-grade teacher; Christina Jeannin, THS special education paraprofessional, THS assistant girls basketball coach and THS assistant track coach; and Jacob Miller, TES special education para.