Schools and education

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.
Tonganoxie USD 464 recycling debate continues
April 13, 2017
Tonganoxie School Board members debated recycling options moving forward at Monday’s board meeting.
Tonganoxie High instructor to give presentation on teaching history through music
March 27, 2017
An educator who teaches history through music will give a presentation at this month’s Tonganoxie Community Historcial Society meeting.
Genesis Christian Academy celebrates Pi Day
March 24, 2017
Genesis Christian Academy students celebrated math and satisfied some sweet teeth all in one day. GCA students participated in Pi Day on March 14 by making the Pi mathematical symbol. The entire school came together to create the symbol in the school gymnasium.
Tonganoxie Elementary School releases third-quarter honor rolls
March 24, 2017
Tonganoxie Elementary School recently announced its fourth- and fifth-grade honor rolls for the third quarter. Here are those lists:
League meetings appoaching for Tonganoxie
March 23, 2017
Meetings scheduled for the coming weeks could help decide Tonganoxie’s future league membership. Kaw Valley League superintendents and athletics directors are set to meet Wednesday, March 29, to “discuss where each school stands,” THS athletics director Brian Engelken told the school board at its March meeting. He said THS and other schools would then visit with Frontier League officials to discuss a possible fit in that league.
Taking the stage: Tonganoxie band SnakeDog to perform Friday
March 22, 2017
A local band with a unique name loves music. Members hope their sound makes others happy, too. SnakeDog, a band of Tonganoxie High students Adrian Cullen, Sammy Sigourney, Grayson Gilbert and Gage Smith, will have its major public debut later this week with a 6:30 p.m. spring break show Friday at VFW Park. The band formed last May and has played for friends and family at various venues, but Friday marks the band’s first truly public performance.
Tonganoxie superintendent pleads not guilty to alleged failure to report sex abuse at former school
March 22, 2017
Tonganoxie public school Supt. Chris Kleidosty pled not guilty Wednesday in Linn County Court to charges of failure to report abuse while at a previous school district. Kleidosty also will be allowed to attend Tonganoxie school events in which his three children are participating, but otherwise cannot be at accredited Kansas schools while court proceedings continue, Judge Valorie LeBlanc ruled.
Miles for Marilyn School to School 5K Run/Walk is April 1 in Tonganoxie
06:17 a.m., March 22, 2017 Updated 06:17 a.m.
A 5K run/walk created in memory of a longtime Leavenworth County educator is coming this spring. The Tonganoxie High School cross country program is hosting the Miles for Marilyn School 2 School Memorial 5K in honor of Marilyn Weller, who recently died after a battle with cancer.
Kaw Valley League’s future in limbo; Tonganoxie could be headed to Frontier League
March 17, 2017
A 35-year-old Kansas high school league could be seeing its final years. Tonganoxie High School athletics director Brian Engelken spoke at Monday’s School Board meeting about the future of the Kaw Valley League, a conference THS has been in since the KVL’s modern formation in 1982. Current member Bishop Ward will head to the Crossroads League starting with the 2018-19 school year, reducing the league to six teams — Basehor-Linwood, Bonner Springs, Lansing, Piper, Turner and Tonganoxie. Engelken said Lansing wants to create a new league that would contain all or some combination of THS, BLHS, Bonner Springs, Blue Valley Southwest, De Soto, Leavenworth, Ottawa, Piper, Spring Hill, Turner and Topeka schools Seaman, Shawnee Heights and Topeka West.
Tonganoxie USD 464 selects Iowa company for nearly $178,000 in track upgrades
March 15, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 is moving forward with track improvements at Beatty Field. The board approved a contract with Fisher Tracks for nearly $178,000 to upgrade the district’s track and runways just west of the stadium. The Boone, Iowa, company will begin work in May to revamp the track, including converting it to a 400-meter track. It was determined that the track previously wasn’t quite at 400 meters. In addition to the track work, the runway for jumping events and pole vault will be upgraded.
Tonganoxie superintendent’s first court appearance is later this month in Linn County
March 8, 2017
A Tonganoxie USD 464 administrator will appear in court later this month for suspicion of failure to report abuse. Superintendent Chris Kleidosty is set for a first appearance at 9 a.m. March 22 in Linn County Court in Mound City.

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