Schools and education

Patrons weigh in on Tonganoxie superintendent search process during stakeholder meeting
April 26, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464’s next superintendent should have a good relationship with faculty and staff and be heavily involved in the community. The new top administrator should also be a team player and trustworthy. Those were some of the qualities patrons said were important for a new superintendent to be successful. Roughly people attended the stakeholder meeting Thursday at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School east campus.
Tonganoxie FFA offers annual Day at the Farm for some 160 third-graders
April 26, 2016
Nearly 160 Tonganoxie Elementary School third-graders got a better glimpse of life on the farm, thanks to Tonganoxie High FFA students. The local chapter, which has been offering Day at the Farm for several years at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, had this year’s event on Friday.
Patron surveys available until May 3 for superintendent search
Position would be second administrative spot filled this spring
09:56 a.m., April 19, 2016 Updated 02:30 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials are asking for assistance with their superintendent search. The district has posted a five-question Survey Monkey questionnaire on its website, tong464.org, for patrons to fill out. The stakeholder input form asks questions about the community and schools, issues a new superintendent should be aware of and attributes a superintendent should possess to be successful in Tonganoxie. The survey opened April 8 and will close May 3. The school board is looking to hire a new superintendent after Lyn Rantz announced that she would be leaving at the end of June to take an administrative position at Topeka Collegiate.
Some 300 students attend Tonganoxie High School prom
April 19, 2016
Tonganoxie High School juniors and seniors could be spotted here and there Saturday in Tonganoxie and Lawrence. With prom taking place Saturday night in Lawrence, students were gathering for photos in advance with their friends at various venues, including VFW Park in Tonganoxie, which traditionally has been a popular spot for prom attendees.
Tonganoxie USD 464 sets superintendent meetings; principal hired; longtime ag/FFA adviser stepping down
April 15, 2016
The Tonganoxie School Board approved several special meetings at Monday’s regular monthly meeting as it continues its search for a new superintendent.
Tonganoxie USD 464 patrons encouraged to fill out superintendent stakeholder input form
April 14, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials are asking for assistance with its superintendent search.
THS FCCLA members organize mock accident to bring safety awareness to Tonganoxie
April 12, 2016
Danielle Focht and Shannon Haufler, Tonganoxie High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, soon will be graduating. The THS seniors would have had another classmate graduating with them in May, Sierra Sommer, who died in an accident last summer near 166th Street and Evans Road when another vehicle didn’t see the the vehicle Sommer was in.
Tonganoxie High Science Olympiad team state champs in small-school division
April 5, 2016
The Tonganoxie Science Olympiad team continues to be a powerhouse in the state. It also was 3 measly points from showcasing that talent nationally. THS was crowned the small-school division champion at state Saturday on the Wichita State University.
Tonganoxie school board begins superintendent search groundwork
10:16 a.m., April 5, 2016 Updated 01:48 p.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board members made their first steps toward selecting its next superintendent. Chris Christman, consultant with McPherson and Jacobson, the firm the board selected the week before to perform its superintendent search, carved out plans for the superintendent search at a special meeting Monday. Board Members Kay Smith and Amelia Brusven were absent. Board clerk Audra Boone was in attendance with the board.
Night of Knights event is Friday at Genesis Christian Academy
March 30, 2016
Night of Knights, one of Genesis Christian Academy’s major annual fundraisers, is later this week. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the school. 204 Washington St. The fundraiser helps to keep tuition lower and provides funds for special education, technology and athletics.
Tonganoxie USD 464 selects Nebraska firm for superintendent search
March 30, 2016
The Tonganoxie School Board is going a different route in its search for a new superintendent. After hearing from representatives of three groups vying to serve the district in its search process, the board approved, by a 4-3 vote, McPherson and Jacobson Superintendent Search Service.
Tonganoxie Middle School Science Olympiad prepares for state appearance
Team placed 13th in regional competition
March 21, 2016
The Tonganoxie High School Science Olympiad team has been making history with recent performances at regional competition. The team’s middle school counterpart is doing pretty well on the Science Olympiad circuit as well. Tonganoxie Middle School participated in regional competition last month and, like the THS squad, qualified for the state competition April 2 on the Wichita State University campus.
Tonganoxie High student follows in siblings’ footsteps, attends Alabama space camp
March 16, 2016
Rachel Maurer finds herself talking about international weather often these days. She’s participates in a group chat of fellow high school students from Australia, Singapore, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, India, Switzerland and points across the United States.
Outgoing Tonganoxie superintendent to take administrative position in Topeka
Personnel positions OK’d; capital planning discussed at board meeting
March 8, 2016
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Lyn Rantz will be heading to Topeka for her new post. Topeka Collegiate, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade college prepatory school has hired Rantz as its new head of school starting July 1, according to a release on the school’s website.