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Board Oks Scope Of Bond Issue

Posted 12/22/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – The scope of a new proposed bond issue for the Moundridge School District received approval from the USD 423 Board of Education during its meeting Monday, Dec. 12, at the USD 423 Board Room.

Board members unanimously approved a motion setting the amount of the proposed bond issue at $20.995 million. The bonds will be repaid in a 25-year period. District patrons will vote on the proposal in a walk-in election on Tuesday, April 4.

Last April, district voters turned down a proposed $23.8 million bond issue.

Superintendent George Leary said with these decisions made, board members will be able to adopt a resolution at its Monday, Jan. 9, meeting that will officially move the new bond issue forward.

Prior to board member, Leary took 12 patrons on a tour of the Moundridge Middle/High School building.

“Some of the people who went on the tour hadn’t been in the building for a number of years,” Leary said.

Board members and district officials hosted a 45-minute meeting prior to the regular board meeting. There were 32 patrons present.

“The purpose of the meeting was to give people a chance to ask questions and give input to the board,” Leary said.

In information handed out at the meeting, the district’s mill levy would increase a total of 26.0 mills for the proposed bond issue, including the existing bond and interest mill levy.

For a $100,000 home, the projected annual property tax would go up $253.46. The median home value in McPherson County is $124,600. This is a $43.13 decrease from the first proposed bond issue.

Someone with commercial property valued at $100,000 would have an annual increase in property taxes of $551, a decrease of $93.75 from the first proposal

For agricultural property owners, 160 acres of dry cropland would see an increase of $203.12, while 160 acres of irrigated land would go up $244.38. The same acreage of grassland would increase $49.72. The amounts are a 14.54 percent decrease when compared to the first bond issue.

• In discussing issues brought up during the public meeting, MHS Principal Hilarie Hecox said the district would be able to continue using swipe cards at the building to give Moundridge Recreation Commission coaches access to the old gymnasium.

“I’m in favor of collaboration,” Hecox said. “I came here as a rec director (at Buhler).”

Hecox stressed the district will be able to control access to other parts of the building.

Leary noted the district currently uses a swipe card system.

• In another question brought up, Board President Paul Ullom-Minnich said patrons had concerns about the district’s on-going maintenance plans for a new facility.

“I think we’re being more mindful of it,” Leary said. “We need to be intentional about it.”

Ullom-Minnich asked Leary about taking care of the roof. He responded officials could ask other school districts how they handle the issue.

Preston Moore, a representative for Nabholz Construction, said his company regularly helps school districts to set up a maintenance program after working with them on a bond issue.

“That is something we’d been absolutely happy to help you with,” Moore said.

Ullom-Minnich also asked if the district needed to look at locker rooms and bathrooms available at the building.

Leary said they were planning on creating a family restroom that would be available for use for athletic events as well as academic activities.

Leary noted the proposed bond issue would not impact Greer Gymnasium.

“The board has no plans to do anything with Greer,” Leary said. “Since there are no plans, we plan to keep it.”

Ullom-Minnich asked board members for their preference of a walk-in – where voters go to a polling place - or mail election.

“The group I’ve talk to say, ‘It ought to be a walk-in election,’” Board member James Ratzlaff said.

Ullom-Minnich said a walk-in election would be cheaper for the school district.

The earlier mail-in bond election cost the district $3,870. The county clerk’s office estimated walk-in election to cost $2,000-$2,500, Leary said.

Board members then approved the motion that outlined the scope of the proposed bond issue.

There were a few other issues discussed at the meeting:

• Board members approved Shannon Clark’s early graduation request.

• Board members went into executive session – a meeting closed to the public - for 15 minutes to discuss negotiations. No action was taken.

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Inman’s Froese Earns All-State Recognition

Posted 12/22/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Jalyn Froese, a 5-foot-7 junior from Inman High School, was among seven players receiving Class 2A All-State honorable mention recognition from the Kansas Volleyball Association for the 2016 season.

The KVA released its all-state teams in late November. Seven players were chosen first and second teams, as well as honorable mention in each of the classifications.

Froese was selected as an outside hitter.

“It’s really nice seeing all of my hard work is paying off,” Froese said. “I didn’t expect to get chosen all-state.

“Getting honorable mention all-state is an accomplishment,” she added.

Froese helped the Lady Teutons to finish the season with an overall record of 27-11.

Earning first-team all-Heart of American League honors, Froese was the only HOA volleyball player to receive recognition from the KVA.

Froese led the Inman team with 267 kills for the season. She served at 86.2 percent and has 53 ace serves. Her serve-receive and passing percentage was 69 percent.

This season Froese was returning from an injury-shortened sophomore campaign. Ten games into her sophomore season, Froese tore her ACL and the meniscus in her left knee.

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Parker, McGee Complete Kansas CPM Program

Posted 12/22/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Sheri Parker and Murray McGee, with the City of Moundridge, said they learned about the importance of leadership and communication while attending the Kansas Certified Public Managers (CPM) program.

Parker and McGee talked about their experiences during the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, at Quincy’s Bar and Grill, in downtown Moundridge.

Starting last January, they attended CPM class in Hays. They were among the 92 students to graduate statewide in a ceremony Friday, Dec. 2 in Topeka.

Parker, office manager for the city, said the program taught her about leadership.

She noted listening and communication were important.

“The key is to be aware of the assets you have around you,” Parker said.

She said it was important to give encouragement to your co-workers.

“Tell others around you that you appreciate their contributions,” she said.

Parker noted Moundridge City Administrator Randy Frazer completed the program in 2012.

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