Schools and education

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.
Super science for Tonganoxie Olympiad
March 3, 2017
Tonganoxie High has another regional medal to its credit for Science Olympiad. This year’s team placed third at its regional this past Saturday at Johnson County Community College. There were 20 teams that competed, with the top six in each event medaling. Here’s a list of THS teams and their placings:
Suspect linked to threatening note at Tonganoxie school
March 2, 2017
Threatening notes were discovered on consecutive days at Tonganoxie Middle School and then Tonganoxie Elementary School last week. Authorities still are investigating the TMS note, but the issue has been resolved at TES, according to interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips.
Kathy’s Kottage offers cozy craft opportunities in Tonganoxie
March 1, 2017
Kathy’s Kottage offers visitors the chance to buy or create crafts and gifts, but the Tonganoxie business also has an international feel. Kathy Link, who taught second grade at Genesis Christian Academy for nine years, retired from the school in June 2016. A longtime craft enthusiast, Link wanted to share her craft love with the community. This past October, Kathy’s Kottage opened at 120 Hatchell Road nestled near her home. Link’s husband, Bob, built the cozy building.
Tonganoxie school board member addresses events surrounding superintendent; attorney who filed charges is former USD 464 administrator
March 1, 2017
As Tonganoxie’s top administrator awaits his time in court for allegedly failing to report abuse at his previous school, a Tonganoxie School Board member explains the district’s timeline with hiring the administrator. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kleidosty on Tuesday on a warrant out of Linn County where he previously was superintendent at Prairie View USD 362.
Suspect identified in case involving threatening message at Tonganoxie Elementary School
February 24, 2017
A second threatening note has been discovered in as many days in the Tonganoxie School District, this time at Tonganoxie Elementary School. But this time, a suspect has been identified. A student reported at 10:30 a.m. Friday that a threat was written in the boys’ bathroom at TES. Tonganoxie police were called to Tonganoxie Elementary School to investigate the threat and assess the credibility.
Tonganoxie police investgating threatening note left in TMS bathroom
February 23, 2017
Officials have deemed Tonganoxie Middle School to be safe Thursday afternoon after a student reported a threat being written in a bathroom stall. The student reported the note being found in a boys’ bathroom about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the Tonganoxie USD 464.
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.