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USD 423 Headcount Drops Slightly For 2016-17

Posted 10/7/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – The number of students filling desks in Moundridge USD 423 went down slightly for the 2016-17 school year.

The Moundridge district has a total of 401 students – including 10 students in the 4-year-old at-risk program for this school year, compared to 407 students in the 2015-16 school year.

“You are going to see some highs and lows,” USD 423 Superintendent George Leary said. “We’re in a good situation now. We’re not worry about it dropping.

“We know we have a great school system here,” he continued. “By and large, our classes have an average of 20-something kids in them.”

Leary said he was optimistic because some of the duplex for the Meadow View housing addition on the north side of town were completed. Meadow View features two- and three-bedroom duplexes.

Prairie Fire Management Group, which is building the homes, has 12 residences ready to be rented.

“There’s a potential there,” Leary said. “We won’t know until it materializes.”

For this school year, Moundridge Elementary School continues to be the building with the most students in it. USD 423 has 154 grade school students. Moundridge’s largest class is second grade with 46 students. Last year, there were 163 students at MES.

Despite having the smallest class, Moundridge Middle School grew this year to 111 students. Last year, MMS had 103 students. Seventh grade has the fewest number of students at 21. That class did add two students compared to last year.

Two of the middle school classes – sixth and eighth – went up 13 and six students, respectively.

Moundridge High School dropped six students. MHS has 118 students this year, compared to 124 last year.

The district does have a larger senior class this year with 37 students. It is the biggest class at the high school.

Ninth grade is also a small class for USD 423 this year. There are 22 students in it.

The KSHSAA recently announced school classifications. Moundridge remains in Class 2A.

However, Moundridge is the second-smallest school in the Heart of America League based on enrollment in the top four grades.

Trinity Catholic High School in Hutchinson is the largest with 178 students. Five of the schools – Trinity, Remington, Marion, Sedgwick and Sterling – are in Class 3A.

Five schools are in Class 2A. Joining Moundridge is Ell-Saline, Inman, Bennington and Berean Academy.

Berean, a private school, has the smallest enrollment with 111 students.

“To me, the main issue is how many athletes are out,” Leary said.

 

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Herd Begins To ‘Refresh’ Mural In Downtown Inman

Posted 10/6/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Artist Stan Herd, who is from Protection, has started to “refresh” the mural he painted on the north wall of the Inman Dental Office in downtown Inman.

Inman Industrial Inc. had hired Herd to paint in the mural in 1987, in commemoration of Inman’s centennial.

Three Inman men – Bruce Thiessen, as well as Dave Balzer and Mil Penner, who are both deceased – were on the committee that brought in Herd.

“It’s a focal point for visitors to the community,” Thiessen said. “There are people who come here just to see it.”

The mural shows what Inman looked like when it officially became a city in 1887.

Thiessen said Herd was “really pleased” with the condition of the mural. Thiessen noted Herd used “quality paint” when he first did the project and there has not been any vandalism.

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Inman USD 448 Board To Take Look At Facilities

Posted 10/6/2016

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – The USD 448 Board of Education is starting to look at possible facility needs at the Inman Junior/Senior High School (IJSHS).

Board members talked about facility needs during their meeting Monday, Sept. 19, at the central office.

Inman Superintendent Scott Friesen said he was setting up a meeting with board members – Kevin Neufeld, Jessica Schierling and Lisa Thimmesch – who are leading a facilities update committee, with Kelly McMurphy, with Landmark Architects in Hutchinson.

Friesen said the board members should talk with McMurphy about the scope of a site survey around IJSHS.

“In my opinion, our most pressing need is replacing at the press box at this time,” Friesen said.

Neufeld agreed, “The press box is a liability.”

Friesen noted Trinity Catholic and Little River had recently replaced the press boxes at their football fields.

Board members asked Friesen if they should consider getting bids from other architectural firms for the site survey.

“They are very familiar with our district,” Friesen said of Landmark. “They know our schools and our facilities.”

Schierling suggested the district look into finding possible corporate sponsors for the new press box.

Also at the meeting, board members discussed looking at several policy issues for the district:

The first dealt with immunizations. Currently, students at Inman who do not have all of their immunizations up-to-date can be held out of school.

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