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located at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas 66956 Established 1890, Volume 113, Issue No. 20 USPS, NO. 274-940 Thursday, May 15, 2003 leader contract s A contract was offered to H. Dean chu tz, interim superintendent, for the SUperintendent's position for next :hool ear at tile May 12 USD 278 Education meeting. The salary is to be determined at a The Year 6 E-Rate funding has been the amount of $65,954.50. Is is lbr services starting July l, and ending June 30, 2004. It was the consensus of the board to the proposed cost reductions 2003-04 school year. They are: tudent field trips ~'rvice trips; eliminate guar- staff line-item budgets; curtail eliminate overtime hours; re- number of days in school year; -~ all purchases to have prior ap- from the appropriate office; in- ch and breakfast prices each; increase textbook rental The initial enrollment fee for grades hrough 12, which includes an activ- Pass and all textbook rentals, is $22. is does not include additional high lab and shop fees, additional IIor high lab and shop fees; class y, earty activity pass lbr family seasonal activity passes. school calendar for 2003-04 presented and approved, pending lization of negotiations. Students ~rt Aug. 21 and the last day of students will be May 25. Jucation Program t USD 279 for the 2003-04 school was approved. proposal from Computer Solu- Inc., Concordia/Smith Center, to le the district's technical assis- for next year was approved. Roush, facilities manager, re- he had attended the Mankato Council meeting, as directed, to ts the city doing the work to the lot at the Mankato Jun- igh School. Tile council to do the work. Marvin Loomis Roush will meet to discuss the and then Roush will get the to the board. A used motor will be purchased Cosand Motor, Burr Oak, for the levy pickup. meeting scheduled tbr May 7 was postponed and rescheduled lor May 15 at the board meeting room. The resignation of Don Blanchat as 7 through 12 social studies teacher, head boys basketball and golf coach was accepted. Supplemental contracts lbr next year were approved: concessions, Kristin Underwood; quiz bowl, Luann Wilson; debate, lbrensics, plays, jun- ior class sponsor assistant, Bethany Roe; 9-12 vocal, junior high and high school band, Barbara Elbracht; K-8 vocal, Irene Ortman; yearbook, high school volleyball assistant,junior high volleyball head, high school cheer- leader sponsor, Kelly Melton; junior class sponsor head, high school vol- leyball head, Linda True; summer weight room, high school football head, Justin Basart; facilities manager, Bob Roush; activity director, Dale True; high school football assistantl Brian Badger and Marry Zadina; junior high football assistant, Dale Dodd; high school track assistant,junior high boys track head, high school cross country head, Jean Snapp; junior high cheer- leader sponsor, Dawn Garrett; high school FACS sponsor, Brenda Dooley. Shawna Robbins and Jenne Bleecker, juniors at MHS, presented a term paper report. Shawna's paper dealt with poverty in Jewell County and Jenna's dealt with the issue of school consolidation. Joe Baker, Professional Roof Con- sultants, LLC, Wichita, addressed the :' condition of the roofsofdistrict build- !: ::.;~ :;:: ~:. il):ii! ings. Schultz is to proceed with a project specification with the base bid being one-half of the class room sec- tion at the junior-senior high school, alternate i being the whole roof on the class room section and, alternate 2 being the gymnasium rool, alternate 3 being the north addition, alternate 4 being the south addition on the Junior- Senior High. Diana Boley presented to the Board regarding "'No Child Left Behind" and NCA Accreditation• Agenda items dealing with approval of technology hardware and the Jun- ior-Senior High Student Handbook tbr 2003-04 were tabled until the June meeting. Rock Board calendar hite Rock Schoolboard, BurrOak 'sbon, approved the 2003-2004 ct calendar and the recommended fled personnel at Monday night's ng. provides 187 ~1 days, with 180 student days. gin for students on Aug. nd May 25. ified personnel approved were ake, Joan Broeckelman, Sheila ter, Thei'ese Frost, Jim Love, !e Manning, Mike Modlin, Judy Pate, Kathy Pate, Teresa Melvin Silsby, eta Smith and Sue Tucker. time business was conducted and was transferred from general o transportation. Walker, superintendentl re- items to the board: bon Bird had helped with custo- Work in March and April through eXPerience works" program. es be selected schoolboard meeting• )istricts have been receiving de- payments from the state in two instead of one. )istrict has received state assess- :ores and the seventh grade sci- received a standard of ex- tandard of ex- ze awards are on display at the L applications were received scholarships. The to present four school hips at $300 each. The board to give five scholarships at :h and asked Walker to present Rock High School FFA lUdging Team did well in the na- COmpetition at Oklahoma City. r reported that out of 400 teams states, Burgandy Sharff cap- Id place and Nick Mizner flace. The team has won anding trophies this year. r problems in the middle school were discussed. Walker re- ~roblem is being moni- soon be corrected. : Company, un- tizen's State Agency, ct's insurance company, in- attendance centers and SOme recommendations. The ,~w playground equipment according to the inspec- ng events were announced: Awards Night, Tues- High Night, Wednesday, Burr Oak; eighth grade graduation, 2 p.m., Esbon, and high school graduation, 5 p.m. Sun- day, Burr Oak. Jim Reed will present the diplomas to the eighth graders and Ken Garman will presentseniordiplo- mas. Jim Love discussed the possibility of having a storage shed constructed at the east attendance center• He sug- gested a garage type building•on a concrete floor with electrical outlets and lighting. The board will consider this recommendation and asked him to bring, some price quotes to a future meeting. Summer school is June 9 through 20 and July 14 through 25. Summer maintenance projects will be exterior and interior painting at both attendance centers; working on the ten- nis court at Esbon; refinishing gym floors at both attendance centers; plac- ing new playground equipment and later doing playground yard work after the equipment is installed. Discussion followed about hiring help with the painting projects. Walker announced the L~anon Golf Course had sold at auction and that some people are trying to purchase the property so that it will continue to be used as a golf course. If these people do purchase the property, they will work with the school district so that it will continue to be used by the school's golf team. Walker reported that the golf team is having a success- ful year. Three executive sessions were held to discuss matters affecting students; nonelected personnel; negotiations. No decisions were made on these matters out of the sessions. Schoolboard members present were Lorie Yelken, Ray Mizner, Ken Garman, Jim Reed, Lesa Peroutek, Wanda Fraiser. Others present were Bill Walker, superintendent, Sue Tucker, acting clerk, Jim and Shari Love and Gloria Garman-Schlaefli. Submit reunion, alumni news This newspaper will use class re- union photos and news articles in fu- ture issues of the newspaper. Photos ~ust be of good quality-- clear and taken as close as possible to show faces clearly. Submit photos with clearly written identification of the group and people in the photo. Additional information about the gathering may also be submitted for a story on the event. Workmen from Great Plains Landscape, Beloit, work at installing a sprinkler system in Jewell City Park. The park is being renovated, using funds left to the city by the Ula Maag estate. • Hospital celebrates Jewell council nursing home week Jewell County Hospital and Long Term Care are celebrating National Nursing Home Week May 12 to 16. Activities Ior the week are listed: Tuesday ice cream will be served pro- vided by the C.O.R.E. committee along with a quilted wall hanging display. Wednesday is the resident family bar- becue at noon and special music at 7 p.m. by Jamey and Michelle McWilliams. Thursday is special games; Friday residents will go for van rides to tour the communities; Sat- urday residents will enjoy homemade ice cream and Kansas videos. At Jewell County Hospital, each department plays a vital role in the well being of the communities• The team includes physicians, as- sistant, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certi- fied nursing assistants; dietary; medi- cal records; housekeeping and laun- dry; maintenance; billing and business office; activities; social services; X- ray and laboratory; finances; adminis- tration; and board of trustees. Friends, staff, and administration of Jewell County Hospital and Long Term Care and Rural Health Clinic extend an invitation to residents of the community to visit the facilities and get acquainted with the staff, take a tour of the facilities. Mankato City utility report Connects: Terry Long, 219 N. High; Jonas McEntire, 41 I S. Clinton. Mankato High graduates 28 Graduation tbr 28 Mankato High School seniors was Saturday afternoon. Susan Harper and Irene Ortman provided the traditional processional, "Pomp and Circumstance." Brandy Burkhart welcomed the audience and principal Bruce Hurlbrd, principal, pre- sented honor awards. Salutatorian Tyler Dunstan spoke about "The Driving Force." Co-Vale- dictorians were Angela Jensen and Moriah Wagner. Jensen's presenta- tion was "Changes" and Wagner's was "Go Placidly." Hurford then presented the class of 2003. The presentation of flowers was by Beth Gillett. Casey Newell pre- sented the farewell. Ushers were Cort hey Alexander and Aaron Zadina and handing out pro- grams were Nicole Jeffery, Ericka swears in three Jewell City Council met May 5 Bill Loomis, Darrell Bohnert, Max Burks. Jerry Richecky, Frank Shelton, Amy Arasmith and Carl Knarr attehding. Bill Loomis, Max Burks and Jerry Richecky took the oath of office. Several members of the Pahner Museum were present to discuss the building attached to the north side of the museum. Bohnert and Arasmith reported on the Day Care Center. Billing ordi- nance was reviewed and approved Ior payment. Amy Ar.asmith was appointed city clerk; Pat Wihneth, city treasurer; and the Jewell County Record was desig- nated as the city's official newspaper. The 2004 township fire contracts were reviewed. Rates will remain the same as last year. A GAAP waiver for 'financial reports will be requested from the state lbr year ending Dec, 31,2003. John Woerner, Woemer Body Shop, requested a yellow no-parking stripe be painted in front of the drive to his business.Council approved the request. Bohnert reported on the progress of the park improvement project. Ce- ment pads for the shelter houses are done, light poles are painted, play- ground equipment is expected to ar- rive in early June. Curb and gutter on the south side of the park was dis- cussed. Jewell Apartment Board of Direc- tors met after council meeting. The management review report was reviewed. Policies were amended as recommended onthe report. Bills were reviewed and approved for payment. The apartment manager was given approval to proceed with plans for an open house to celebrate 25 years of operation. Department responds to intentional burn Mankato Volunteer Fire Depart- ment responded Saturday night about 8 p.m. to the,Bob Love property, 4 I/2 miles west and one mile south of Man- kato. An individual was intentionally burning an out building. No assistance was necessary. New fire truck arrives in Esbon The Rural Fire District No. 3, Esbon, has recei ved a new $222,000 fi re truck. The truck was made possible by a Fire Act Grant through F.E.M.A. for $202,500 with the local department chipping in $22,500. According to a fire department spokesman, "It's the only one of its kind in Jewell County." An extension to the existing fire station was required to house the truck. The addition is now in progress and is 12x60. A total of 19,500 fire dep,'irtments in the nation applied for a F.E.M.A. grant and of those, 5,000 applied lor a fire truck. Only 395 fire trucks were awarded nation wide. The grant was applied lbr in March of last year. Richard Fischer, Esbon, one of the wflunteer firemen, with aid from Betty Niles, Esbon, filled out the grant papers after doing a lot of re- search. In September 2002 the fire department received word they had been awarded the grant. The local fire department was able to choose the truck and where it would come from. The truck arrived in Esbon May 2. It is a 2003 International, 1,800 gallon pumper truck, four door, and was manufactured by the Smeal Com- pany, Snyder,'Neb. According to Fischer, Snyder is a snmll community with a population of 320 and this com- pany employees 280 people. The truck has fire fighter seats, al- lowing fire fighters to put on their self contained breathing units as they trav- eling to the scene. It has a quick dump valve on it, so that it allows aiding surrounding fire departments by pro- viding more water. "We can release the water from this quick drop in a matter of a little over a minute, giving water to other fire departments in mu- tual aid situations," Fischer said. The truck is equipped with loam for class A fires. It came fully equipped with hoses, nozzles, shovels and rakes. The fire department doing some mutual aid training with other fire de- partments. Five firemen from the de- partment took training at Snyder and more will be take this training. There are 18 volunteer firemen in Rural Dis- trict No. 3 that serves three townships in Jewel l County and covers 108 square miles. An open house is planned for June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the fire station in . Esbon so the public can view the truck "Everyone is excited about this. W¢ feel so fortunate to ha~e this truck to serve the community," Fischer said. Commissioners hear requests Jcwell County commissioners are considering expanding the county health department after a request was made at Monday's meeting. Linda Woerner. health department director, made the request, saying more space would facilitate providing needed services and provide privacy Ior cli- ents. Woerncr and Jan Lindberg, health department registe,ed nurse, discussed changes in the immunization program. Lindberg has completed the Kan-Be- Health course and can now do physi- cals. Gary Tordrup, extension ag agent. Deanna Sweat. home economist,. Sherry Koster and Lisa Nelson, exten- sion board members, presented the 2004 Jewell Coun ty Extension Coun- cil budget request for the same amount as last year. Commissioners took the request under advisement. Neolin Taylor, board member of Pawl.~ee Mental Health, req uested com- mlssxoners sign a proclamation declar- ing the month of May as Mental Health Month. The theme this year is "Mental Health Matters-Every Day." Com- missioners m'ade the declaration as re- quested. Don Snyder, EMP director, dis- cussed 91 I addressing requirement and problems. He also discussed a federal grant [br equipment to aid the county against weapons of mass destructkm. Joe Gruszka asked when repairs could be made to the road by his prop- erty. in Washington Township. Jim Foster, general superintendent, ex- plained the county's rocking policy. Steve Mclntyre discussed road main- tenance on the road by his properly and requested rock for the road. Foster discussed locations of the rock pits. Foster had a request and petition from Sprint United Te!ephone to bury telephone cable along section 32 of Ionia Township. The commi'ssioners agreed to sign the request and petition. Rodney Zeigler, custodian, d~s- cussed vacation leave. Kim Ost, sheriff, introduced Jonas • McEntire, new deputy sheriff. Ost reported the new recording system is' operational and the remodeling is al- most completed in the booking room. The commissioners looked at the equip- ment at the road and bridge depart- ment. • Carla Waugh,county clerk,reported on HAVA(Help America Vote Act) and the changes and effects on Jewell County. Bill Loomis, mayorofJewell, discussed valuation of property and property tax. The commissioners re- viewed with Bruce Webb, county ap- praiser, his employment evaluation. Commissioners attending the meet- ing were Frank Langer, Doyle Alcorn and Stanley Colson. Highway 'repair scheduled The Kansas Department of Trans- portation announced approved bids for state highway and construction main- tenance Pr0jects.in Kansas. Buffalo Stripe, a Corporation, Olathe, is contractor for both jobs: K- 148 from the junction of K-28 east to the J ewelI-Republic County line, seven miles joint repair, $9,992.55; and K- 148, from the JewelI-Republic county line east to the Republic-Washington county line, 32.1 miles, joint repair, $33,994.55. Full-time deputy joins sheriff's staff Jonas McEntire, a native of To- peka, began work Monday as a full-time deputy for the Jewell County Sheriff's De- partment. He was a re- serve deputy in Cheyenne County. He has a son, Zeke, 2, and a fiancee, Mehlina, who repairs machinery for posf offices in Topeka. His family will be moving to Mankato soon. McEntire will take on-the-job train- ing with more training in the fall. The Jewell County Sheriff's De- partment presently employs three full- time deputies and two part-time depu- ties. These should be turned in as soon Melby, Shawna Robbins and Gayle School Awards as possible after the event. Wilson. The 28 graduating seniors at Mankato High School received diplomas during commencement exercises Saturday in the high sct~ool gymnasium.