Written by John Giffin Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:28
Sunny skies greet young soccer enthusiasts in Marion
Members of the blue-shirted Hillsboro Peewees try to advance the ball against their red-shirted Peewee counterparts from Marion Saturday morning during the second week of matches sponsored by the MC United Soccer Club. This match, in the 3-year-old to 6-year-old division, was played under beautiful spring skies on the field near Marion Elementary School. With no score kept during the match, both teams went home winners.
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:26Most of the 100 chairs were filled Thursday evening at the “Community Conversation” with Unified School District 410’s Board of Education and its superintendent at the Gordon Mohn Community Center at Hillsboro Elementary School.
At the public meeting, USD 410 patrons asked questions and gave feedback regarding cuts under consideration to cover a $300,000 budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.
“With massive projected state deficits in the current and future years…our challenge is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” said Steve Noble, superintendent.
Following his presentation on “School Finance 101,” an overview of how school funding works, Noble joined board members Eddie Weber, Rod Koons, Dale...
Written by Aleen Ratzlaff Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:25Without much discussion, USD 410 Board of Education approved budget cuts for 2010-11 totaling $279,100 at Monday’s regular meeting.
Among the casualties were reductions in professional development funding, purchases of instructional materials and technology support.
Survivors included high school spring sports, middle-school wrestling, after-school activities routes and busing for students living within 2.5 miles of school.
After the vote, president Eddie Weber commended the board for being able to maintain its focus on what’s best for students and not cutting personnel.
While one food service position was cut, Weber said, other than attrition, resignation or retirement, no other staff positions were eliminated.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:23Instead of more than a $1 million deficit at the end of this year, the Marion County Special Education Cooperative Board is looking at a cash carryover of more than $325,000, according to information presented at a special meeting Thursday in Hillsboro.
Based on information that the co-op would be more than $1 million in the red, MCSEC board members were considering selling its building in Marion and cutting more than $700,000 in salaries for the 2010-11 school year.
In a letter to the special education staff following Thursday’s meeting, Deb Geis, MCSEC board chairperson, wrote that while further action by the Kansas Legislature this spring could affect funding in the 2010-11 school year, staff cuts proposed earlier this year...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:22A Marion City Council race that was too close to call during last week’s initial election tally ended Monday with Jerry Kline defeating Richard Varenhorst by three votes for one of the two available seats.
Seven provisional ballots all with votes for Kline sealed his victory after Marion County commissioners canvassed votes Monday prior to their regular meeting.
None of the other races in Marion were affected by the provisional ballots, other than vote totals.
In the Marion mayor’s race, incumbent Mary Olson received 228 votes, an increase of two from the preliminary numbers.
Council member Steve Smith, who was vying for Olson’s seat, received five more votes to bring his total to 197, but it was not enough to unseat the...
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