Schools and education

Tonganoxie school district to pay Kleidosty through January
October 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 will pay Chris Kleidosty through the end of January 2018. The board approved Kleidosty’s resignation at the Oct. 9 meeting, with Board Member Phillip Welsh voting against the resignation. After the vote was taken, former board member Diane Truesdell, who was in the audience, asked about when the resignation went into effect.
Tonganoxie USD 464 reports slight increase in enrollment
October 19, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464’s enrollment numbers are up from 2016-17. Tonganoxie’s enrollment as of Sept. 20, the official date for Kansas school districts to submit their enrollment numbers, was 1,976. That’s an increase of 13 students from Sept. 20, 2016.
THS Auto Tech Class Car and Bike Show is Saturday at high school
October 19, 2017
The Tonganoxie High School Auto Tech Class Car and Bike Show is almost here. Students are organizing the event, which will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21 at THS. Registration is 8-10:30 a.m. Entry fees are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Pre-regisration cost is $12 for adults. There also will be food for sale and various booths. Proceeds from the event will benefit the auto tech class. For more information, email tmaurer@tong464.org or call 913-416-1400, ext. 2051.
Happy Homecoming in Tonganoxie
October 11, 2017
Rain couldn’t put a damper on Tonganoxie Homecoming festivities Friday. With weather forecasts calling for severe weather Friday night, school officials moved up the coronation ceremony to 4:45 p.m. and the football game to 5:30 p.m. at Beatty Field. The 90-minute move in scheduling, it was hoped, would get everything out of the way before storms came. Though it was a rainy evening, the weather didn’t get to Tonganoxie until later. Gage Smith and Sierra Staatz were named Homecoming king and queen.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board accepts Kleidosty resignation, approves Tyson resolution
October 11, 2017
Chris Kleidosty will no longer be the superintendent at Tonganoxie USD 464. But when his resignation takes effect still is not clear. The board approved, 6-1, to accept Kleidosty’s resignation at the end of Monday’s meeting, with Phillip Welsh casting the dissenting vote. The full motion was to accept the Kleisdosty’s resignation, subject to the board’s discussion in executive session. Former school board member Diane Truesdell, who was in the audience, asked the board more particulars about the resignation. Board President Bryan Kemp declined to answer. Instead he told Truesdell she could request information through an open meetings request.
Hollywood Homecoming in Tonganoxie; coronaton, kickoff being moved up due to weather
12:03 p.m., October 5, 2017 Updated 04:34 p.m.
The theme is Golden Hollywood; the opponent is the Golden Bears. Homecoming week is here for Tonganoxie High School, with the dance theme Saturday night being “Golden Hollywood.” The dance will run 8:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chieftain Room, with tickets being $7 for a single ticket and $10 for couples.
Autographed memories at former Tonganoxie Elementary School
September 27, 2017
Brian Welsh remembers his name and those of classmates being etched in history at the former Tonganoxie Elementary School. Crews renovated the former stage in the north gymnasium and turned it into a music room for grades 4-6 before the start of the 1994-95 school year. Welsh, who graduated in 2001, was a sixth-grader in 1994-95. His music teacher at the time had sixth-graders — and only that year’s sixth-graders — sign a wall in the room, as Welsh recalled.
Still no decision on Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent; hirings and resignations approved
August 31, 2017
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board gave final approval to its 2017-18 budget, but members still have not made a decision on the future of Superintendent Chris Kleidosty. The board met this past Thursday in two special meetings, the first to have a budget hearing and the second to discuss non-elected personnel in executive session. The executive sessions last a total of 90 minutes, but no decisions were made after the board returned to the regular meeting.
Tonganoxie High soccer coming home
August 24, 2017
If the weather cooperates, the Tonganoxie High boys soccer team could start playing home games at Chieftain Park late next month. About a half dozen THS seniors spoke at Thursday’s Tonganoxie Recreation Commission board meeting about wanting to return to playing games at Chieftain Park.
Pathways to have open house Friday in Tonganoxie
August 24, 2017
The new Pathways learning center is ready to showcase its students in the coming weeks. Pathways is a new transition program for graduates 18-21 years of age. It opened this past Thursday in the former Tonganoxie Police station at 328 S. Delaware. To celebrate the new tenant in the downtown district, the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony. It’s part of an open house from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the center. Cake and punch will be served. The program, offered through the Tonganoxie Basehor-Linwood Special Education Cooperative, provides community based instruction to Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie high school students who received special education services during high school.
New Tonganoxie High track open to runners, walkers for now
August 17, 2017
Patrons are now free to walk on the new track at Beatty Field. Tonya Phillips, interim USD 464 superintendent, told the board at Monday’s regular school board meeting that work on the track is finished other than painting lane lines and other markings. Until then, visitors can walk and run on the renovated track, which now is red.
Tonganoxie USD 464 personnel moves approved at board meetings
August 17, 2017
Contract/work agreements approved as part of Monday’s agenda were Margaret Estes, special education van driver (replacing Lindsey Hayden); Christina Jeannin, Tonganoxie High School special education para (replacing Megan Hadley); Molly Welsh, THS special education life skills para (replacing Janice Adams); Michelle Glavin, THS special education para (replacing Megan Bundy) Doug Sandburg, THS girls golf head coach; Stephanie Vermylie, mail carrier; and Matthew Christensen, THS concession manager. Christensen replaces Sandburg, who resigned as concessions manager. Contracts/work agreements approved as part of this past Thursday’s special meeting were Mike Neal, TMS STEM instructor (new position); Sara Schmidt, TES special education para (replacing Erin Swallow; Rabecka Reischman, bus driver (Replacing Joey Mantooth); Suzanne May, bus driver (Replacing Rachel Cullison); Nora Tripp, TES fifth-grade teacher (replacing Kelsey Junker); Brady Field, THS class sponsor; Preston Troyer, powerlifting coach (replacing Matt Bond); Jami Boone, TMS special education life skills; Maggie Estes, special education van driver; and Elizabeth Wilson, special education van para.
School board approves new Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center sound system, special-needs vehicle
August 17, 2017
The Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center sound system will get upgrades to the tune of nearly $20,000. The board approved, 6-0, sound systems improvements of $19,900 to replace borken, failing and out-of-compliance equipment, according to Tonya Phillips, interim superintendent.
Tonganoxie school board delays decision on superintendent status
August 17, 2017
The Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent remains on administrative leave with pay after Monday’s regular school board meeting. No action was taken concerning Kleidosty’s employment status. Board members met for an hour and 15 minutes in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Board member Dan Hopkins, who was not at the meeting, joined the other six members via conference call during the closed-door session. Board president Bryan Kemp told patrons after the executive session that the board needed more time on the topic to gather information and make a decision regarding the employee.
Tonganoxie High one of top FCCLA chapters at national event
August 11, 2017
The Tonganoxie High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter proved to be one of the top chapters in the nation this year. THS won several awards July 2-6 at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Senior divisions are for FCCLA members in sophomore through senior classes. The junior division is for FCCLA members in sixth grade through freshman year of high school.

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