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Voters In USD 423 Say No ToBond

Posted 4/6/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

McPHERSON – Voters in USD 423 defeated a proposed $20.9 million bond issue in a walk-in election Tuesday, April 4.

According to the McPherson County Election Office, there were 569 “no” votes (65 percent) and 302 “yes” votes (35 percent).

“The next step is to take it to the (USD 423) Board (of Education) and have a determination of the next step,” Superintendent George Leary said.

The Moundridge board will next meet at 7 p.m., Monday, April 20, at the board room.

“I was expecting a higher number of voter turnout,” Leary said.

There were a total 871 votes casted in this election. In last year’s mail-in election, there were 914 votes.

The McPherson County Commission will certify the results when it meets Thursday, April 13, at the courthouse.

The board had proposed issuing $20.9 million in general obligation bonds for a project that would turn the current middle school/high school into a kindergarten to 12th grade campus. The proposal would add 10 classrooms to the building. In addition, the district would make replace the roof and HVAC equipment as well as replace flooring, ceiling panels and add LED lighting to all academic classrooms.

Officials switched to a pre-engineered gymnasium to save money. The new gym will seat 1,200 people.

Voters had differing opinions on the bond.

Kenneth K. Stucky said he voted in favor of the proposal because he supported “spending time and money on youth.”

Stucky said he was pro education.

“The deciding factor for me is the fact taxpayers are going to be faced with 25 years of debt for a project that had only one bid on it,” Alan Waltner said.

He noted the district would finish paying off its last bond issue this year. The district used an $11 million bond to make improvements to the Moundridge Elementary School and district officials would like to stop using the building.

Waltner noted Moundridge has an aging population.

“There’s a large percentage of people on fixed incomes or they’re going to on a fixed income in the next five or six years,” Waltner said.

Voters had turned down the district’s $23.8 million bond proposal a year ago. There were 475 “no” votes and 439 “yes” votes in a mail-in election.

 

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Fire Clean Up Inman FFA Helps In Clark County

Posted 4/6/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Eleven members of the Inman FFA Chapter at Inman High School spent most of a day during spring break helping some of the people who were victims of the wildfires that struck Clark County in March.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Inman junior Katie Krehbiel said. “It was an eye-opening experience.”

Krehbiel said there were areas where “everything was turned black as far as the eye can see.”

Inman FFA Advisor Daniel Knapp said the trip “came together really quickly.”

The Kansas FFA Alumni Foundation Facebook page shared a post with contact information for those who were looking for a way to help.

Knapp said he and the FFA advisor at Chaparral High School decided they wanted to put something together.

The same day he saw the post – Friday, March 10 – Knapp received administrative approval that day for students to get involved.

“Our students were already on spring break so this was a challenge,” Knapp said. “I met with my FFA officer team on Saturday morning (March 11) and they got to work helping me find students.”

Knapp and the FFA officers were able to get enough students to fill two Suburbans – 11 students and two adults.

They left Inman Tuesday, March 14 for Ashland and spent most of Wednesday, March 15 assisting fire victims. The Inman and Chaparral students spent the night sharing two cabins.

“It absolutely could not have worked without the quick planning of my students in getting their peers to help,” Knapp said.

Krehbiel and the other female students worked together on a project.

“I helped with a lady who lost her whole house and three outbuildings,” Krehbiel said. “Everything was a total loss.”

She noted the students were pulling off the tin for the woman.

The students started working at 8 a.m., and stayed at the woman’s home until 2 p.m. They assisted another group in the afternoon.

Gabriel Knechtel, a junior at Inman and vice president of the FFA chapter, worked with a group of students who built fence for a woman named June.

Knechtel’s group included Inman students Jordan Friesen and Nathan Bashore.

The students worked along the Kansas-Oklahoma border. They spent 12 hours working on 5.8 miles of fencing.

“We took down part of the fence and repaired the parts that were broken,” Knechtel said.

He noted most of the students had experience with fence building.

Knechtel said he could relate in a small way with the people in Clark County. A month ago, his car was destroyed in a fire.

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Study Club Celebrates 95th Anniversary

Posted 4/6/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – The Moundridge Study Club started to provide “intellectual stimulation for the young ladies of Moundridge,” said Mrs. C. C. Krehbiel, first president and founder of the group.

“We do worthwhile things,” Amy Bachman, a current member of the Study Club. “We’re more than a social club.”

Bachman and other members celebrated the 95th anniversary of the club during their meeting Thursday, March 23, at the West Zion Mennonite Church.

Krehbiel and 10 other women were the original charter members. Since it started, the club can only have 20 members at a time.

The club meets twice a month, the second and fourth Thursdays. Each year members select a theme for their meeting. The arts are this year’s theme.

When it was formed in 1921, the group was known as the Up To The Minute Club. It became the Moundridge Study Club in 1938.

At that time, members were required to wear hats and gloves to meetings. Members decided to continue that tradition with everyone wearing hats and gloves to the anniversary meeting.

Bachman is one of the longest serving members of the club. When she joined in 1959, two other women also joined. Those two women are now associate members.

Originally, women did not need a Moundridge address to join. Now, members must have a Moundridge connection.

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