Schools and education

Harrell named for teacher of year award
February 28, 2018
Steve Harrell, Tonganoxie High School forensics and debate coach, has been selected as recipient of the 2017-18 National Federation of State High School Associations Outstanding Speech/Debate/Theatre Educator Award for Kansas.
School board meeting moved; Bothwell named VP; former city maintenance shop drawing interest from potential buyers
February 22, 2018
The Tonganoxie USD 464 board is expected to select a search firm for its new superintendent, though the meeting originally was set for this past Friday, but it was moved to 6 p.m. today because of scheduling conflicts. Board members will hear from Kansas Association of School Boards, as well as McPherson and Jacobson.
No school for Tonganoxie USD 464 due to ice
February 20, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464 will not have classes today, Feb. 20. School officials canceled due to icy conditions.
Board shrinks search consultant list; TES administrators resign; Bothwell named VP
11:32 a.m., February 14, 2018 Updated 06:53 a.m.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 board will select a search firm for its new superintendent. Board members will meet at 6 p.m. Friday to hear from the Kansas Association of School Boards and McPherson and Jacobson.
Tonganoxie school board to conduct superintendent search with Phillips as finalist; Kemp stepping down
January 30, 2018
The search for a new Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent continues while a board member resigns from his post. During a special meeting Monday, the board interviewed interim superintendent Tonya Phillips for the position. But after executive session, a series of motions eventually led to a divided board approving a candidate search. The board interviewed Phillips for 75 minutes during the closed-door meeting. Board Member Amelia Brusven participated in the executive session via teleconference. The board then met for another 25 minutes in executive session without Phillips.
Phillips to interview for superintendent position after all; new special meeting set for Monday
January 26, 2018
Tonya Phillips will be interviewing for the Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent position after all. A special meeting has been called for 6 p.m. this coming Monday to interview Phillips, the current interim superintendent. The board met Tuesday in a special meeting to craft interview questions for Phillips, as she initially was to be interviewed Wednesday for the position. But the meeting was canceled earlier that day because Phillips had withdrawn her name from consideration for the post.
Phillips withdraws self from consideration for Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent position
January 24, 2018
Tonganoxie USD 464’s interim superintendent has withdrawn herself from consideration for the top post in the district. The school board was to meet later today for a special meeting to interview Tonya Phillips for the superintendent position, but the meeting was canceled.
Tonganoxie school board to interview Phillips for superintendent position
January 20, 2018
The Tonganoxie school board will interview interim superintendent Tonya Phillips for its superintendent position. The board voted, 6-1, Thursday during a special meeting at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library. Members went into executive session for a total of 1 hour, 45 minutes in executive session to discuss the superintendent matter regarding non-elected personnel.
Tonganoxie city staff extends Citizen Academy deadline into February
03:38 p.m., January 17, 2018 Updated 04:00 p.m.
For the first time, coming this spring, The city of Tonganoxie will be introducing its pilot program for a Civic Academy Program. This program aims to better inform the public about the various departments, services and facilities that are offered by the city.
Chromebook Crusaders (Tonganoxie High students) assist
December 27, 2017
New technology can come with plenty of needed troubleshooting and support, but a few Tonganoxie High School students are helping make those transitions go smoother. THS students Jackson Willis, Blake Phillips and Logan Neeld are the school district’s current Chromebook Crusaders — information technology interns who have helped the IT department with the integration of Chromebooks at the high school.
Brains bring bank for Tonganoxie High School
December 7, 2017
Tonganoxie High School has $15,000 to use towards enhancing its science, technology, engineering and math departments. THS was a big winner Nov. 30 at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., at the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains award ceremony.
Helping others in time of thanks
November 22, 2017
Tonganoxie-area families will join in with others across the nation in the annual tradition of getting stuffed on stuffing and all of the other Thanksgiving mainstays. Many in the community are doing their part to help those whose circumstances make it tough to get enough nourishment each day. Those efforts also are focusing on youths.
Tonganoxie High stages creepy, spooky musical with ‘Addams Family’
November 15, 2017
A cartoon, television and movie favorite about a quite quirky clan came to Tonganoxie in the form of a high school musical this past week. The Tonganoxie High School drama and music departments presented “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” Thursday through Sunday.
Santa event Dec. 9 at Tonganoxie Middle School to benefit THS After-Prom
November 15, 2017
Youths can visit Kris Kringle next month in Tonganoxie. The annual Tonganoxie High School After Prom Breakfast with Santa Claus event will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Tonganoxie Middle School Commons Area. Cost is $5 per person (adults and children) and it Includes a pancakes and sausage breakfast. The price also includes a photo with Santa and a craft table for children. There also will be a silent auction. For more information, go to Facebook.com and search for “Breakfast with Santa” or “ths.bws.” Proceeds will go toward THS after-prom festivities.