Category: Schools

Closure of Minnesota church leads to $500,000 gift for Tabor

The New Hope (Minn.) Menno?nite Brethren Church no longer gathers for Sunday worship. But before closing its doors in June, the congregation ensured the church?s historic legacy by giving away the proceeds from the sale of its property?including $500,000 to endow a ?Legacy of Hope Fund? at Tabor College.

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Rookie principal comes to his post with solid experience
Rookie principal comes to his post with solid experience

Rookie principal comes to his post with solid experience

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Tim Robertson comes to the position of junior high and senior high principal at Peabody Burns with 20 years experience as a classroom teacher and 15 years as state director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Click image to enlarge

Just because Tim Robertson?s career path to his first principalship as the lead educator at Peabody-Burns middle school and high school has been unconventional, don?t think it hasn?t prepared him well for the job.

?I had a superintendent tell me I?m a nontraditional first-year principal because most of them are a lot younger than I am,? said Robertson, who is in his mid-50s.

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Clark achieves Eagle Scout, fourth one within a year
Clark achieves Eagle Scout, fourth one within a year

Clark achieves Eagle Scout, fourth one within a year

JimClark.jpg Click image to enlarge Jim Clark, Durham, was made an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America during the ?Court of Honor? ceremony Saturday, July 21 at the Durham Community Center. For his Eagle project, Clark built two park benches, rebuilt and repainted all the playground equipment and replanted grass at Durham?s city park. The son of Lee […]

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New MHS principal says you get back what you give to others
New MHS principal says you get back what you give to others

New MHS principal says you get back what you give to others

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Jim Piper

Along with more than two decades of experience as an administrator and educator, Jim Piper is bringing his approach to wholeness in education to the principal?s office at Marion High School.

In his time as a teacher at high schools ranging from the Class 4A campus at Louisburg to the 1A setup at Hartford, Piper has picked up two important lessons that demarcate similarities and differences between communities large and small.

?In my experience, I?ve kind of found out that people are somewhat the same everywhere,? Piper said.

?If you treat people with respect, and if you?re always honest with them, and you try to be fair, you get that back from both the kids and the staff,? he added.

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New Goessel principal at home in small-town environment
New Goessel principal at home in small-town environment

New Goessel principal at home in small-town environment

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Mark Grout. Click image to enlarge

This fall at Goessel Junior-Senior High School, Marc Grout is entering his 10th year as a professional educator and first as a head principal.

?I think the Goessel job is unique for several reasons, one of which is that it?s a small school in a small community,? Grout said. ?That fits with my background, because I grew up in Mankato, Kan., which is a town of similar size. And I taught for eight years at Centre, so I?m used to the small-town aspect.?

Beyond demographic distinctions, Grout pointed to the school?s location near the top of Kansas academics.

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Goessel board welcomes new principal and board member

The Goessel school board welcomed Marc Grout as the district?s new grades six through 12 principal at its July 9 meeting.

Grout grew up on a farm near Mankato and received both his bachelor?s and master?s degrees from the University of Kansas.

He
taught junior high and high school English at Centre for eight years
and last year served as the assistant principal at Lakewood Middle
School in Salina.

Grout has made numerous educational presentations at the state and national levels. He has also coached track and basketball.

Grout
and his wife were married at Alexanderwohl Menno?nite Church near
Goessel last summer. His wife is a social worker in Newton and has
relatives in the Goessel community.

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Nine classmates gather for DHS 60-year reunion

Nine of the 12 members of Durham High School Class of 1947 met June 23 at Durham for their 60th class reunion. The group enjoyed dinner together at Main Street Cafe, followed by a time of reminiscing and 60-year updates at the Durham Senior Center. On display were pictures, school annuals and publications of the ?Durham Dope,? the school newspaper. […]

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Marion seeking up to $250,000 through KDOT?s ?Safe Routes to School?

The City of Marion may receive notice of up to $250,000 in grant funding by January to encourage more children to walk to school, a consultant told the city council Monday.

David Johnson said that under Phase 1 of a companion grant for $15,000 already received, he discovered from a survey that only 10 percent of Marion children walk to school.

He said the Kansas Depart?ment of Transportation hopes to raise such percentages under its Safe Routes to Schools program to combat such issues as child obesity. Among other things, the grant might fund construction of new sidewalks on North Cedar and from Cedar to Lawrence.

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Three county musicians to participate in Masonic band camp

Three high school musicians from Marion County will be among the 214 scheduled to comprise the 24th annual Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band Camp at Fort Hays State University, July 24-28. KimberLea Spencer, from Hillsboro High, and Kimber Hardey and Jessica Vogel, from Marion High, have been selected to participate. Spencer plays clarinet, Hardey plays horns and Vogel […]

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USD 410 Board approves bids for two out of tour projects

AMPI building and new athletic facility on hold for time being?

Unified School District 410 approved bids Monday for civil engineering and geotechnical services for two projects authorized in the June bond election.

That vote, which excluded approving those services for the transportation facility and central office at the former AMPI building, came after the board met in executive session with architects Kevin Helmer and David Riffel to discussion property acquisition.

?We need to discuss engineering bids,? Helmer said prior to the executive session. ?Otherwise it will slow everything down.?

Civil engineers determine the infrastructure for utilities while geotechnical services include recommendations for building foundations, Helmer said.

The firm Howard & Helmer does not provide those services, but will coordinate the work. The agreement is through USD 410 and must be approved by the board.

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