Schools and education

Weapon found in Tonganoxie Middle School locker deemed ‘unfortunate accident’
07:41 a.m., August 24, 2018 Updated 05:19 p.m.
A weapon was found early Thursday evening in a Tonganoxie Middle School locker, but authorities determined it was an unfortunate accident and no malice or threat was intended. Tonganoxie Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips explained in a press release that Tonganoxie Police were called to investigate the incident.
Tonganoxie USD 464 budget approved; raises and personnel recommendations OK’d
August 23, 2018
The 2018-19 Tonganoxie USD 464 budget has been approved. Board members met for a public hearing in a special meeting Monday and then approved the budget, which calls for a mill levy that will be just a bit lower than the district’s 2017-18 rate and about the same rate as 2016-17. The school board approved the budget at a special meeting Monday night.
Meet-and-greet for new Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent, administrative team, is Friday at football scirimmage tailgate
August 23, 2018
A meet-and-greet with new Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Loren Feldkamp and other members of the district’s administrative team will take place Friday as a part of a tailgate celebration before the Tonganoxie High football Red-White Scrimmage. The event, which will feature door prizes and free food for the first 300 guests, will be 6-7 p.m. Friday near Beatty Field. Tonganoxie City firefighters will be serving the meal. Guests must be present to win the prizes. Members of the Tonganoxie High School Marching Band and the band’s drumline also are scheduled to perform.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board to meet later this month to hash out budget
July 11, 2018
Board members will discuss a proposed budget with new Superintendent Loren Feldkamp at a special meeting later this month. The board scheduled the special session for 6 p.m. July 30 at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. The meeting is open to the public. Board members will decide whether to approve the proposed budget. A budget hearing will take place next month before the board gives final approval of the budget for 2018-19.
Early morning vehicle accident claims life of May Tonganoxie High graduate
June 15, 2018
An 18-year-old who graduated last month from Tonganoxie High School died in an overnight vehicle accident early Friday morning. Dalton Richard Hull, who has a Lawrence address, was driving about 2:25 a.m. Friday west on Loring Road in southern Leavenworth County when his Ford Mustang struck a parked vehicle on the side of the road. Hull’s Mustang flipped over on its top after impact.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board approves resignations
June 13, 2018
Resignations also were approved at Monday’s meeting. The latest resignations are: Kassandra Dehoff, THS family and consumer science teacher; Juliet Ford, TES physical education; Kelly Staples, TES paraprofessional
Work agreements approved at Tonganoxie school board meeting
June 13, 2018
The board approved work agreements for new hires in the district.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board honors interim superintendent
June 13, 2018
Tonganoxie Board President Jim Bothwell noted at the end of the meeting that Monday’s regular meeting would be the final one with Tonya Phillips as interim superintendent.
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board holding off on transportation decision
June 13, 2018
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board has opted to continue with its current bus system and not hire an outside company to handle transporation services for the district. Members were in agreement that any decision should come with more information about the district’s current arrangement. The district has always owned and operated its own fleet.
School funding headed upward, Karleskint tells Tonganoxie USD 464 board
June 13, 2018
Kansas school districts should be getting more funding in the coming years, according to one of Tonganoxie’s representatives at the Statehouse.
Dynamic Doodler: Tonganoxie students Google entry named best in Kansas; online voting ends May 18
May 10, 2018
Google representatives kept Tonganoxie Elementary School students in suspense as long as they could Thursday during an assembly at the TES gymnasium. A TES student was named the Kansas winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest, but who in the crowd was the winner? Googlers, as the employees called themselves, unveiled clues one by one. The winner likes cats. Her favorite color is purple. She is in Kalli Kruse’s fifth-grade class.*
Tonganoxie High vocal programs qualify several students for state festival
April 21, 2018
The Tonganoxie High School Band came home with nine “I” ratings, seven “II” ratings and a “III” rating at the KSHSAA Regional Music Festival. Soloists receiving “I” ratings and qualifying for state were Carmen Snyder, Lauryn Jimenez, Savannah Adams, Sofia Romero, Julia Westrich, Jasmine Sejnoha, Allison Williams and Jose Monarrez.
Tonganoxie school board names Valley Falls superintendent to USD 464 post; Phillips to be assistant superintendent
April 17, 2018
An administrator with nearly 40 years in education has been named the next superintendent for Tonganoxie USD 464. The school board approved, 5-1, the hire of Loren Feldkamp as the district’s next superintendent. The contract is for two years starting July 1. The board also approved, 6-0, to hire Tonya Phillips as assistant superintendent for a one-year contract.
Tonganoxie USD 464 to meet again tonight at District Administrative Office
April 16, 2018
The Tonganoxie school board again will meet tonight in executive session at the USD 464 District Administrative Office, 330 E U.S. Highway 24-40 near the high school following last week’s interviews with superintendent candidates.