August 19, 2010
Tonganoxie USD 464 central office.
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The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board approved personnel recommendations at its Nov. 13 meeting. Work agreements were approved for Deboarh Vinzant, student nutrition employee at the Tonganoxie High School west campus; Deborah Schmalz, custodial employee at THS west campus; and Lesley Harden, custodial employee at Tonganoxie Middle School.
Winter Storm Brutus caused many early closings on Sunday and cancellations and late openings Monday.
Tonganoxie schools concluded the first quarter of the school year earlier this month. The end of the first quarter was Oct. 12. Parent-teacher conferences were Wednesday and Thursday, so students were off those days. There was no school on Friday also.
Tonganoxie’s official enrollment for 2018-19 actually is down from last year. Assistant Superintendent Tonya Phillips told the school board in its regular meeting Oct. 9 that numbers actually were down by 31 students. She did note that a large graduating class could have some impact on the reduction.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The board approved work agreements for new hires in the district.
Kansas school districts should be getting more funding in the coming years, according to one of Tonganoxie’s representatives at the Statehouse.
Tonganoxie school board names Valley Falls superintendent to USD 464 post; Phillips to be assistant superintendent
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.
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.
The public is invited for a meet and greet with candidates for Tonganoxie USD 464 superintendent this week. The events will be noon-1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Tonganoxie Elementary School library.
The school board also hired a new Tonganoxie Elementary School principal for the 2018-19 school year. Board members approved Chuck Mahon to take over at TES.
A local educator has been appointed to the Tonganoxie School Board, but members will need to appoint another, as the board president also resigned this past week. The Tonganoxie school board selected Stephanie Shupe on Thursday to finish out the unexpired term of Bryan Kemp.
The Tonganoxie school board will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at the TES library. Agenda items: approve Brsuven’s resignation, elect a vice president approve agenda, decide whether to approve purchase of 21 desktop computers for the Tonganoxie High School lab and publish notice of vacancy of Brusven’s position.
Tonganoxie USD 464 is having a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Tonganoxie Elementary Library to appoint its newest board member.
The school board approved the donation of two iMacs from the University of Kansas at its Feb. 22 special meeting. The donated iMacs will be used to replace two older iMacs in the Mac Lab at Tonganoxie High School. The donated items are in good working order. No costs will be associated with the installation of the computers, according to school officials.
Former Tonganoxie High School principal applies for board vacancy; potential candidates still welcome through March 8
Residents in the Tonganoxie USD 464 school district still can apply for the open candidate position on the school board. The notice of vacancy first was published Feb. 21 in The Mirror’s legal listings. The open period for accepting candidate applications is 15 days from that first publication.
The Kansas Association of School Boards will conduct the search for Tonganoxie’s next school district superintendent. The school board voted, 4-1, to hire KASB to do the search. Board members made the decision at a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28. Kaija Baldock cast the lone dissenting vote. Board President Amelia Brusven was absent.
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
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.
Tonganoxie USD 464 will not have classes today, Feb. 20. School officials canceled due to icy conditions.
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
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.
Tonganoxie USD 464 canceling classes for tomorrow due to anticpated low wind chills; tournament expected to be played as scheduled
Due to anticipated dangerous wind chills, Tonganoxie USD 464 will not have school tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Tonganoxie Invitational will go on as scheduled tomorrow as of now, but all TES and TMS activities for tomorrow are canceled.
Tonganoxie USD 464 school board, current and future, got an up-close look at some structural improvements and other challenges at Tonganoxie High School. The school board members, along with a handful of patrons toured Tonganoxie High School during the board’s regular meeting Monday. This month’s meeting took place at the Chieftain Room on the THS campus instead of the Tonganoxie Elementary School library so that the board could be at the campus to continue the meeting with the tour. Also on the tour were board members-elect Jim Bothwell, Chris Gratton and Karen K. Wake Bottary. The three won election this past week in the general election.
Tonganoxie USD 464 will pay Chris Kleidosty through the end of January 2018. The board approved Kleidosty’s resignation at the Oct. 9 meeting, with Board Member Phillip Welsh voting against the resignation. After the vote was taken, former board member Diane Truesdell, who was in the audience, asked about when the resignation went into effect.
Tonganoxie USD 464’s enrollment numbers are up from 2016-17. Tonganoxie’s enrollment as of Sept. 20, the official date for Kansas school districts to submit their enrollment numbers, was 1,976. That’s an increase of 13 students from Sept. 20, 2016.
The Tonganoxie High School volleyball team was involved in an accident Saturday, but school officials report that no one on the bus was injured in the wreck.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board gave final approval to its 2017-18 budget, but members still have not made a decision on the future of Superintendent Chris Kleidosty. The board met this past Thursday in two special meetings, the first to have a budget hearing and the second to discuss non-elected personnel in executive session. The executive sessions last a total of 90 minutes, but no decisions were made after the board returned to the regular meeting.
Contract/work agreements approved as part of Monday’s agenda were Margaret Estes, special education van driver (replacing Lindsey Hayden); Christina Jeannin, Tonganoxie High School special education para (replacing Megan Hadley); Molly Welsh, THS special education life skills para (replacing Janice Adams); Michelle Glavin, THS special education para (replacing Megan Bundy) Doug Sandburg, THS girls golf head coach; Stephanie Vermylie, mail carrier; and Matthew Christensen, THS concession manager. Christensen replaces Sandburg, who resigned as concessions manager. Contracts/work agreements approved as part of this past Thursday’s special meeting were Mike Neal, TMS STEM instructor (new position); Sara Schmidt, TES special education para (replacing Erin Swallow; Rabecka Reischman, bus driver (Replacing Joey Mantooth); Suzanne May, bus driver (Replacing Rachel Cullison); Nora Tripp, TES fifth-grade teacher (replacing Kelsey Junker); Brady Field, THS class sponsor; Preston Troyer, powerlifting coach (replacing Matt Bond); Jami Boone, TMS special education life skills; Maggie Estes, special education van driver; and Elizabeth Wilson, special education van para.
The Tonganoxie school district’s superintendent remains on administrative leave with pay after Monday’s regular school board meeting. No action was taken concerning Kleidosty’s employment status. Board members met for an hour and 15 minutes in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Board member Dan Hopkins, who was not at the meeting, joined the other six members via conference call during the closed-door session. Board president Bryan Kemp told patrons after the executive session that the board needed more time on the topic to gather information and make a decision regarding the employee.
USD 464 in-person enrollment concludes Thursday; online concludes Aug. 11 Online enrollment for students in Tonganoxie USD 464 is open through Aug. 11. In-person enrollment was Tuesday and continues 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. New THS student enrollment is 8 a.m.-2 p.m Thursday.
Online enrollment for students in Tonganoxie USD 464 is open through Aug. 11. In-person enrollment is noon-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. New THS student enrollment is 8 a.m.-2 p.m Aug. 3.
The Tonganoxie school district has board leadership for a new year. As is procedure each summer, the board votes for a new board president and vice president. The 2017-18 president is Bryan Kemp and vice president is Amelia Brusven. Both were voted by unanimous 7-0 votes. Brusven nominated Kemp for president and then Kemp nominated Brusven for vice president.
Tonganoxie USD 464 hopes to have a full staff when the 2017-18 school year begins in August. Interim Superintendent Tonya Phillips said the district continues to receive resignations. She said at Monday’s regular school board meeting that the district has filled or is trying to fill 37 positions that have been open. She said that is unusually large group of new staff.
Tonganoxie USD 464 bond reissuance to save nearly $1.14 million; candidate filing deadline June 1; more hires, resignations, new positions
Tonganoxie school board members approved refinancing of bonds that will save the district on average about $126,000 annually over the next decade, though those larger savings won’t start for a couple years.
The Tonganoxie School Board has rescinded a one-year extension to its superintendent’s contract as the school district’s top administrator awaits a jury trial for alleged failure to report abuse at a former school. Chris Kleidosty came to Tonganoxie nearly a year ago, agreeing to a two-year contract as superintendent. In February, he was arrested for alleged failure to report abuse in the Prairie View school district where he was superintendent before coming to Tonganoxie.
The school district is pushing ahead with issuance of more than $9.6 million in general obligation refunding bonds. Issuance of the Series 2017-A bonds are thought to save the district at the least $500,000, according to Roger Edgar of George K. Baum and Company.
Tonganoxie School Board members debated recycling options moving forward at Monday’s board meeting.
Tonganoxie school board member addresses events surrounding superintendent; attorney who filed charges is former USD 464 administrator
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.
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.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board and its teachers have come to an agreement. The board, after 40 minutes of executive session with Superintendent Chris Kleidosty discussing negations and personnel, approved, 5-2, an agreement with teachers.
A contract agreement for teachers in Tonganoxie USD 464 continues to be up in the air. More than 50 people — mostly district teachers — attended Monday’s regular school board meeting to voice concerns about the current proposal. Both the board and district teachers are working to come to an agreement over the contract.
Tonganoxie USD 464 board picks new member; FTE enrollment up; library building discussed; contracts, resignations approved
Tonganoxie USD 464 has a new board member. Phillip Welsh, a local engineer, was selected by a unanimous 5-0 vote at Monday’s meeting. Amelia Brusven was absent. The board interviewed Welsh during the regular meeting, while another applicant, Doug Regehr, interviewed with the board through video chat.
The application deadline for Tonganoxie USD 464 residents interested in applying for the district’s vacant board position is Monday.
Tonganoxie USD 464 has 1 applicant for board opening; hires and resignations; Statehouse candidate visits meeting
There’s still time for anyone interested in applying for the open Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board seat to file at the district’s central office. The board opted to make noon Oct. 3 the deadline for any additional applicants. The board plans to interview applicants at it October board meeting, which is 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the TES library.
The Tonganoxie School Board approved, 5-0, the proposed 2016-17 budget for USD 464. Superintendent Chris Kleidosty’s proposal calls for a budget with a slightly lower mill rate. The 2016-17 proposed budget, which is being published in the legals portion of the B section, calls for a mill rate of 60.398. That’s a slight drop from the actual 2015-16 rate of 60.402. A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in property valuation.
Tonganoxie USD 464 is offering online enrollment through Aug. 5. All enrollment (walk-in and online) must be completed by Aug. 16. For more information about how to enroll online, go to tong464.org.
Brandon Parker resigns as teacher, coach in school district
Tonganoxie USD 464 will be looking to address capital improvements in the coming school year. New Superintendent Chris Kleidosty told the board that the district’s end-of-year transfer balance was about $269,000. He said in talking with personnel, it was his recommendation to earmark those funds for capital outlay to address some improvement projects that are in need of completion. One candidate is updating the district’s track at Beatty Field.
The Tonganoxie School Board again has tabled a decision on whether to renew a teacher’s contract as roughly 200 patrons looked on at Monday’s special meeting. The board voted, 4-3, to table the item until the state decides next month whether to censure the teacher. Board Members Bryan Kemp, Michelle McGhee and Kris Grinter voted against the measure. The board originally scheduled the special meeting to discuss selection of finalists for the district’s new superintendent Monday at the Tonganoxie Middle School library.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board is expected to make a decision on whether to renew a teacher's contract and also continue with its superintendent search. Monday's special meeting, along with subsequent ones scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday and Friday if needed, will be at 6 p.m. in the Tonganoxie Middle School library.
Position would be second administrative spot filled this spring
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.
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials are asking for assistance with its superintendent search.
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.
Officials investigating, increasing security measures after threatenting message found in Tonganoxie High School bathroom
Local law enforcement officials are investigating a threatening note found this morning at Tonganoxie High School. According to updates administrators posted on the Tonganoxie USD 464 web page and Facebook page, someone found a threatening note written on a bathroom stall wall.
Tonganoxie USD 464 again will be searching for a new superintendent. Lyn Rantz, the district’s administrator since 2014, plans to resign at the end of June. Rantz provided The Mirror with a copy of her resignation letter to the board this afternoon.
Tonganoxie USD 464 took the proper steps, per its policies involving cyberbullying, in a case in which one student shared a photo of another, according to Superintendent Lyn Rantz. The superintendent also apologized for comments she made to a Kansas City, Mo., television station about the situation, and said that the comments did not reflect her entire email to the station about the incident.
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Lyn Rantz has said that early enrollment shows several new students are enrolled in the district. With the state's new block funding, the district won't receive additional state aid for those students, as was the case with the previous state aid formula.
As Tonganoxie USD 464 moves forward with its new elementary school, it also prepares for what Superintendent Lyn Rantz said could take some patience — traffic dropping off and picking up students at Tonganoxie elementary and middle schools.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will not have an increased local-option budget authority. With about a 39 percent voter turnout, 1,235 people voted against the measure, while 1,055 voted in favor of it, a margin of 180 votes. The “no” votes had about 54 percent of the vote. The deadline for the mail-ballot election was June 30.
Tonganoxie voters have about two weeks left to cast their mail-in ballots in the special Tonganoxie USD 464 local option budget election. Voters will decide whether to give the school board authority to increase the local option budget from 30 percent to 33 percent. Ballots were sent out last week and are due back to the Leavenworth County Courthouse by noon June 30.
District has several resignations
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board has approved a contract extension for Superintendent Lyn Rantz. Rantz is in the first year of a two-year contract. Monday’s unanimous approval extends her contract to 2017.
Ninth-grade athletics schedules back in play
Tonganoxie USD 464 patrons will vote whether to give its school board the authority to raise the local option budget to 33 percent. The school board also reversed its decision to eliminate ninth-grade athletics schedules at a special meeting Thursday at the Chieftain Room on the Tonganoxie High School campus.
Tonganoxie School Board special meeting Thursday to cover potential LOB increase, freshman athletics
The Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board will have a special meeting Thursday to discuss the possibility of increasing the local option budget and to further discuss Monday’s decision to eliminate ninth-grade athletics schedules for the 2015-16 school year as a cost-saving measure.
The Tonganoxie School Board made its first rounds of budget cuts, including letting go of a music teacher and shrinking athletics offerings. The board approved, 6-0, not to renew the contract of middle school music instructor Kimberlynn Angelo.
William Peak is running in the Tonganoxie mayoral race against incumbent Jason Ward.
Diane Truesdell is seeking another term with the Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board. She represents Position 1.
Michelle McGhee is running for Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board Position 3.
Gene Becker is running for Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board's Position 3. He is the current Position 7 (at-large) board member. Leana Leslie opted not to run for re-election, opening up that spot on the board.
Early numbers indicate Tonganoxie USD 464 has seen an increase in enrollment. Superintendent Lyn Rantz reported that the elementary school has 709 students, the middle school 649 and the high school 606 for a total of 1,964.
Tonganoxie High School students improved in every category in 2014 from the previous year’s marks.
Tonganoxie USD 464’s budget is expected carry a slightly lower tax rate for 2014-15. The school board approved the budget with a mill rate of 58.867 mills at a special meeting Monday.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board voted Kathy Baragary as its board president for the 2014-15 school year.
No tears were shed when Randy Weseman removed his name tag after Monday's Tonganoxie school board meeting, but emotion could be heard in his voice, as well as those he's worked with for the past three years.
A Johnson County school administrator is expected to be the next superintendent at Tonganoxie USD 464. Lyn Rantz, a principal in the Blue Valley school district, will take over the top education post in Tonganoxie, USD 464 board president Kris Grinter announced Friday.
Lunch prices will be going up in Tonganoxie USD 464 lunchrooms for the 2014-15 school year.
Tongnaoxie USD 464 school board members will tour the site for the new elementary school near Tonganoxie Middle School.
Tonganoxie USD 464 officials are warning businesses to be aware of someone trying to sell advertising for a school-related activity calendar.
Tonganoxie USD 464 expects to see $344,000 in savings during the next seven years thanks to bond refinancing.
Tonganoxie ACT scores are down across the board, a trend school officials say must stop.
The Tonganoxie school board will have the same leadership for 2013-14.
Tonganoxie USD board agenda for regular meeting Monday, July 15, 2013:
Tonganoxie USD 464 School Board Agenda for Monday, Feb. 11, 2013:
Here is the Tonganoxie USD 464 school board meeting agenda for the Dec. 10 meeting:
Here is the agenda for tonight's Tonganoxie USD 464 regular meeting:
Tonganoxie School Board agenda for Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.
Tonganoxie High School was in line with or above the state average in ACT test scores this year.
The public hearing for the 2013 budget will open Monday's meeting at 6 p.m.
A roughly $30 million bond issue could be on the ballot for local voters in November.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 school board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday for its regular meeting. A main topic of discussion will be options for the elementary school. The board discussed a potential bond issue to solely address the elementary school.
The Tonganoxie school board meeting Monday will include time for public input on the district’s plans to pursue a bond issue.
Agenda for Tonganoxie School Board regular meeting scheduled for May 14, 2012:
The Tonganoxie school board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 9. Here is its agenda:
USD 464 transportation director Melissa Ostermeyer told the Tonganoxie school board about the department’s many accomplishments in 2011 during Monday’s board meeting. And then she wanted to discuss a “wish list.”
Roof work at Tonganoxie High School will be needed in the near future, USD 464 maintenance director Larry Easter told the Tonganoxie school board Monday.
Tonganoxie and McLouth school districts received several Standard of Excellence honors this week.
The Tonganoxie school board will meet next month to discuss goals, three of which are to address the possibility of a virtual school, bullying and facilities.
New guidelines for renting of school district space for outside activities were approved at Monday’s Tonganoxie school board meeting.
The Tonganoxie USD 464 Board of Education approved holding the line with the 2011-12 budget. It’s actually a slight reduction in mills from the actual 2010-11 budget.
The candidates have been interviewed, but who exactly will be the next superintendent for Tonganoxie USD 464 still is undecided.
Tonganoxie USD 464 is in search of an interim superintendent.
Tonganoxie USD 464 could have a virtual high school beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
Tonganoxie USD 464 will be making nearly $169,000 in technology upgrades during the summer.
Three incumbents to have no opposition on ballot
Special board meeting called for Jan. 31 to discuss goal setting to help prepare for cuts
Board agrees with city council that traffic study needed before determining funding for roads
The Tonganoxie school board approved the calling of a bond election at Monday’s special meeting.
Horst, Terrell and Karst of Overland Park will be in charge of designs for possible expansion of Tonganoxie School District facilities.
A school bond issue that would bring about a new elementary school could be on the ballot in February.
A school bond issue that would bring about a new elementary school could be on the ballot in February.
The Tonganoxie school board approved its budget for 2010-11. A public hearing took place to discuss the budget, but no patrons approached the board to discuss the budget during the meeting. The board voted, 6-0, at the end of the meeting to approve the budget.