Schools and education

KC’s got the Beat, thanks to Tonganoxie High teacher
THS instructor’s informational video about Kansas City history goes viral
June 22, 2017
Matt Beat has written a song about every former U.S. president. In 2016, he unsuccessfully started a petition at whitehouse.gov to interview President Barack Obama for his song. Though his “signatures” fell well short of the required 100,000 mark, Beat’s latest YouTube video may well be on its way to that level in social media views.
Tonganoxie USD 464 hopes to fill high number of resignations
June 14, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 hopes to have a full staff when the 2017-18 school year begins in August. Interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips said the district continues to receive resignations. She said at Monday’s regular school board meeting that the district has filled or is trying to fill 37 positions that have been open. She said that is unusually large group of new staff.
Tonganoxie school physical night scheduled for July
June 7, 2017
A school physical night will be offered this summer. The event will be 6-7 p.m. July 18 on the Tonganoxie High School east campus. It’s open to all middle school and high school students.
Tonganoxie High classmates headed to Washington, D.C.
June 7, 2017
Allison Williams and Sierra Staatz, both seniors-to-be at Tonganoxie High School, will tour the nation’s capitol with 38 other students from Kansas and Hawaii for KEC’s 57th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, June 8-15 in Washington, D.C. FreeState Electric Cooperative selected Williams and Staatz from a group of high school students. To win this trip, students were asked to compose an essay about cooperative engagement, as well as go through a personal interview.
Tonganoxie City Council to have 10-person race, primary Aug. 1
June 7, 2017
Incumbents will join seven challengers also vying for their seats in a Tonganoxie City Council election that will require a primary. The 10-person field will have a run-off Aug. 1 for the at-large seats.
Judge OKs Tonganoxie superintendent’s return to campus during court proceedings
No move yet from board to lift paid-leave suspension
May 23, 2017
The Tonganoxie school district superintendent can return to work under certain court stipulations as his court proceedings continue, a Linn County District Court judge determined Tuesday. Judge Terri L. Johnson granted a bond modification request from Alan Fogleman for his client, Tonganoxie Supt. Chris Kleidosty.
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.
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.
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.

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