Schools and education

Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent suspended with pay after arrest
07:59 p.m., February 21, 2017 Updated 09:55 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464’s superintendent has been arrested on a warrant out of another county for failing to report abuse from an alleged incident that occurred while he was superintendent of a district there. The Tonganoxie Board of Education released a statement after a special meeting Tuesday night.
Tonganoxie FFA members compete in area events
February 15, 2017
Tonganoxie FFA members competed last month in various speech competitions. The local FFA chapter had nine members travel Jan. 18 to the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner for the for the East Central District Speech Competition. Reciting the National FFA Creed by EM Tiffany freshmen Jake Edholm and Ellie Braun, who placed 10th and 11th respectively. Reciting original speeches in the freshman division, Demi Hull placed first and Jake Edholm ninth. In the sophomore division, Jackie Oelschlaeger placed fourth and Shawna Kirk 11th.
Tonganoxie USD 464 eyes early start to track renovations
February 15, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 expects to have a new track at Beatty Field later this year. Superintendent Chris Kleidosty told the school board at Monday’s regular meeting that the district would be seeking bids in hopes of the project starting in May.
Tonganoxie VFW celebrates winning essays from Tonganoxie students
February 9, 2017
Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 and its Women’s Auxiliary sponsored a pizza dinner Thursday for its local Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy winners. Students then presented their winning essays after the dinner.
Tonganoxie Elementary School honor roll for second quarter announced
February 9, 2017
Tonganoxie Elementary School honor rolls for the second quarter have been released.
Weller remembered for ‘biggest and most kind heart’
February 1, 2017
Marilyn Weller always had plenty of food available for her daughters’ friends when they came over or when the family would head out for a Sunday at the lake.
Battling bullying in Tonganoxie
February 1, 2017
Longtime educator Joe Coles has worked with schools in anti-bullying initiatives for some 20 years. He said it’s an ongoing battle, but the key is to form good habits. Coles said it takes 21 days to form a habit and that communication is key in schools — among students, teachers and administrators, between children and their parents and between parents and faculty.
Tonganoxie USD 464 cancels Monday classes due to funeral services
January 27, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 has canceled classes for Monday due to the funeral of a longtime employee. Marilyn Weller, who served as a physical therapist in Leavenworth County schools for 32 years, died Thursday. She was 56.
Kind of a big deal in Tonganoxie
January 25, 2017
Valentine’s Day might be around the corner, but folks aren’t exactly cordial these days — at least if you take a gander at some Facebook posts and threads. Politics and elections can have that effect on people, but Tonganoxie High School students are working this week to remind people to be kinder to their neighbors.
National speaker to discuss bullying with Tonganoxie schools, community
January 18, 2017
National speaker coming to Tonganoxie to discuss bullying with community drate count for dinner, child care and seating. to register, go to surveymonkey.com/r/53YLHCV or contact Tonya Phillips at tphillips@tong464.org or 913-416-1400. The community is encouraged to attend the evening presentation. Coles will finish up with more school interaction Jan. 27.
Tonganoxie USD 464 discusses mediation adviser
January 12, 2017
Tonganoxie USD 464 is exploring the use of a mediation service as it moves forward in collective bargaining between the school board and district teachers. Peggy A. McNeive with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service spoke at Monday’s school board meeting. McNeive said her office is in Kansas City, Mo., and that she is available to the district to for training in different types of bargaining methods, both for board members and teachers.
Tonganoxie High takes second place at Washburn Math Day
January 4, 2017
Tonganoxie High School sent its first crew of students last month to Washburn University to compete in their Math Day competition. THS was second runner-up in the 4A division by a point.
Shoe drive helps youth shine in Tonganoxie
TMS students’ quest for service dog gets assist from classmates, school
December 27, 2016
An outpouring of shoe donations is expected to eventually pave Taylor McWilliams’ journey to Ohio. Taylor, a sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School, has spina bifida and is susceptible to seizures. An Ohio non-profit organization, 4 Paws for Ability, specializes in service dogs with an emphasis on children and veterans.
Capturing Christmas spirit
December 21, 2016
A Tonganoxie Elementary School class collected a whopping 832 items to donate to Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank to help those in need this holiday season.