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The Ledger August 17, 2017The Ledger August 17, 2017

USD 423 Board Given List Of Buildings’ Critical Needs

Posted 6/1/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – A list of critical needs of the three buildings USD 423 owns  - Moundridge Elementary School, Moundridge Middle/High School and Greer Gymnasium – was given to Moundridge Board of Education members during their May meeting.

The three lists come to a total of $13.3 million. Members of the committee that developed the critical needs list were Superintendent George Leary, MHS Principal Hilarie Hecox, MES Principal JoAnn Brown, Director of Maintenance Shawn Frazer and a representative from the district’s architectural firm.

Besides the critical needs, the committee also made a secondary list with items needed, but were not deemed to be critical, Leary said.

This list totaled $1.8 million for the middle/high school, $253.261 for the elementary school and $144,084 for Greer. District-wide, the less critical work totaled $2.2 million.

The two lists have a total of $ 15.5 million.

The list includes installing a new heating, ventilation and air condition system *($1.3 million), remove old roof and replace it new tapered insulation and modified bitumen roof ($$733,400) and remove existing and install new lay-in ceiling tiles ($300,000) for the elementary school. The MES list has 16 items on it and totals $2.8 million.

At the middle/high school, the list has 19 items on it, with a cost of $9.3 million. Some of the more expensive items on the list include a new HVAC system with rooftop package equipment ($3.7 million), remove existing and installing new modified roof with tapered insulation ($2.5 million) and a new Federal Emergency Management-approved storm shelter addition for 300 students and teachers ($1.5 million).

There are 14 items on the list for Greer and they total $1.1 million. Some of the most expensive items on the list is rebuild new main entry/restroom area, including new hot water source ($516,250); miscellaneous reports to existing roof above east gym ($151,245); and remove existing and install new Kalwall translucent window system in upper gym area ($92,040).

Leary said a new task force was being formed to study the two lists. This task force will have 10 to 12 members. There will be some carryover members from the previous task forces as well as some new members.

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Inman’s Harman Enjoys Public Speaking

Posted 6/1/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Max Harman, who just completed his junior year at Inman High School, has been heavily involved with public speaking during his time in the Inman FFA Chapter and a member of the Inman Country Cousins 4-H Club.

Harman has found plenty of success with public speaking in another arena.

He took fifth place in original oration at the Class 2A State Forensics Tournament, which was held in May, at Wichita.

“It’s really a good skill to have,” Harman said of public speaking. “I’ve been in 4-H since I was seven and giving public speeches. I’ve always been passionate of what I’m doing.”

Since he advanced to the finals at state forensics, Harman said he knew he was going to place.

“I’m happy with fifth,” Harman said. “It was definitely fun. It was my first year in forensics.”

In his category, Harman was required to repeat a speech he had written ahead of time. At state, he gave his speech five times.

The title of his speech was “Digging Into GMOs.” He is talking about genetically modified foods.

“It’s what I want to be when I grow up – a genetic engineer,” Harman said. “I had a lot of information on it. I’m passionate about it.”
During the tournament, Harman said he worked on his hand gestures and the flow of his presentation.

“You definitely get more comfortable with more repetition,” Harman said.

He noted he did the same speech throughout the season.

With an original oration, Harman said his speech is supposed to be 6-10 minutes long. He usually completes his speech in nine minutes.

“It was a major undertaking to memorize it,” Harman said.

During the forensics season, Harman placed in the top six at every tournament except for one. He qualified for state at the second tournament of the season at Ell-Saline High School.

“Definitely, I’m going to come out again next year,” Harman said. “I might try a few other events.

“It’s something that’s fun to do,” he continued. “It’s a challenge.”

Harman admitted he does not have much free time.

“It pushes you to do better,” he added.

Harman said he has given speeches on GMOs for FFA and knows the judges like any agricultural-related topics.

“In forensics, you have all kind of judges,” Harman said. “You don’t know if it’s going to we well received.”

Inman also sent Kirsten DeVore to the state forensics tournament. DeVore competed in the poetry interpretation category. She did not advance.

Inman had two students compete in the Forensics Festival. Freddie Evans and Alexis Bradley went in improvised duet acting. They received a two rating.

 

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Inman Board Looking At Outdoor Facilities

Posted 6/1/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – The Inman School District will soon get the results of a survey of land the district owns south of Farmington Road and members of the USD 448 Board of Education on a committee looking at outdoor athletic facility hope the survey gives them the information needed to move forward with the project.

The facilities discussion was part of the regular Inman board meeting Monday, May 15, a t the central office.

Inman Superintendent Scott Friesen said the district could get the survey completed for $3,600.

The board members on the facilities committee are Kevin Neufeld, Jessica Schierling and Lisa Thimmesch.

Board President Janell Harman asked board members how do they move forward?

Neufeld responded with the survey information, the committee could work together to reach a decision. He added they could present their findings to community members who have been involved with the facilities project and get their input.

Harman asked the committee if the district’s track was the driving issue? An architect had told board members the track was beyond repair.

“Yes and no,” Schierling said. “I think the drainage is the next driving issue.

“The track is really visible,” she continued. “The next step is to get the drainage issue solved.”

Schierling said the committee would need to decide if the track should be re-built at its current location or should it be placed on the district’s land south of Farmington Road.

Harman noted there are people in the district who are making a new track a priority, while others are more interested in a regulation-sized baseball field.

“We need a buy-in from all the groups,” Harman said.

Neufeld said he considered a new track to be a necessity. He noted the district had not done anything with its outdoor facilities for many years.

“It’s the one thing that hasn’t been addressed in the last 25 years,” Neufeld said.

Board members said they want to be able to move forward with plans to update the district’s outdoor facilities during its regular June meeting.

The board handled several other issues during the meeting:

• A summer school program was approved for students going into kindergarten and first grade this fall. Inman Elementary School Principal Jo McFadden said there were at least 12 students they were inviting to take part in the program.

Kindergarten teacher Kayla Wood will be the summer school instructor. Summer school will start in July.

“The goal is to give the students a jump start in July right before school starts,” McFadden said. “Sometimes students struggle retaining some of their skills in the summer and summer school can help boost them back up to get them ready for the start of school.”

• Board members approved purchasing 90 Chrome Books for next school year to be used by juniors and seniors, as well as certain teachers. Friesen said each device will cost the district $200.

“It’s going to look more like a laptop,” Friesen said.

• The board approved the resignations of Ben Schierling as high school and junior high band director, Becky Ensz as assistant cook at the high school, Donna Hadlock as a elementary school paraprofessional and Cameron Traxson as assistant high school girls’ basketball coach

• Board members approve three hirings – Scott Hatfield as high school and junior high band director, Matt Harris as assistant junior high football coach and Caleb Hendricks as assistant high school football coach.

• The next regular board meeting will be at 6 p.m., Monday, June 19, at the central office.

 

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