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Group To Look At USD 423’s Facilities Needs

Posted 6/23/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Superintendent George Leary recommended to the USD 423 Board of Education that representatives from the school district and the district’s architectural firm – PBA Architects – and construction management – Nabholz Construction – should meet to discuss the district’s facilities needs.

Leary made the recommendation during the board’s regular meeting Monday, June 13, at the USD 423 boardroom.

“I think we learned a lot from the process (of the first bond election),” Leary said.

The board hired Nabholz, which has its headquarters in Conway, Arkansas, as the district’s construction management during the meeting. Leary noted the district would only owe Nabholz money if voters approve a new bond issue.

In April, district patrons voted down a $23.8 million bond issue, which would give Moundridge a single, kindergarten to 12th-grade campus, a new 1,200-seat gymnasium, several new classrooms and upgrades to the current middle school/high school facility.

Following the defeat of the bond issue, Leary had the district send out surveys asking voters what were the deciding factors in how they voted. Leary wanted responses from both “yes” and “no” voters.

Next, Leary wanted to survey the 20 members on the district’s facilities task force.

With the information from all the surveys, Leary said district representatives would work with the architect and construction management team on some possible plans that could be brought to a new facilities task force.

“It sounds like a reasonable plan,” Board member Dr. James Ratzlaff said.

Board members did not decide on a dollar amount for a possible new bond issue, or a timetable for when it would go back to voters.

“The group has to come up with the right thing to do,” Ratzlaff said.

He added the district needed to do a better job of educating patrons about its plans.

Leary said he would like to have a smaller task force, with 10 to 12 members on it, look at the issue. He asked board members for names of potential members. Leary added he would bring a list back to the board for them to consider.

Leary noted some members of the original task forces were willing to serve on the new one, while others were not.

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Inman Hires Parr As City Superintendent

Posted 6/23/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – The Inman City Council officially hired Danny Parr as the new city superintendent during its meeting Monday, June 13, at the Inman City Office.

Parr has spent the last eight years working in the Inman maintenance department and served as the deputy zoning administrator.

“I have 34 years of experience in this line of work,” Parr said.

Parr replaces Bill Maurer, who retired late last month, after spending 30 years with the city.

Before coming to Inman, Parr worked for 18 years at St. John, including eight as the foreman for the water and wastewater departments.

As the city superintendent, Parr will take care of city streets, water and wastewater lines and parks. The council also appointed Parr as the city’s zoning and subdivision administrator.

Parr said the job has a lot of variety to it.

“It keeps it fun,” Parr said. “It’s not the same old thing everyday.

“It’s very interesting,” he added. “I have fun doing it. I enjoy the work and the atmosphere of Inman.

“I love Inman,” Parr continued. “I love the people and the overall attitude of the community.”

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Participation Down, But EMS RaisesSlightly More Money

Posted 6/23/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – A large auction was taking place in Moundridge as the same time as the Moundridge Emergency Medical Service’s main fundraiser, said Sherry Jerome, an emergency medical technician (EMT) with the department.

“The auction slowed things down,” Jerome said.

The Seventh Annual Moundridge EMS Benefit Breakfast and Poker Run were Saturday, June 11, at the Moundridge Senior Center.

While participation was down, the department’s fundraising efforts went well. Moundridge EMS raised about $2,900 this year. Last year, the department raised close to $2,500.

There were 25 motorcyclists involved in the 130-mile poker run. The number of breakfasts served was not available.

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