USD 421 discusses bond, funding with community

LYNDON—At a special meeting March 25, the USD 421 Lyndon Board of Education met to educate the public about the bond issue, set to appear on the May 6 ballot.

Before the ballot, however, the board has work cut out for them. The first of three special meetings to share information and answer questions regarding the building project and bond election concluded March 25.

Schools struggle with assessment testing system

OSAGE COUNTY—School districts throughout the county have faced difficulties administering state assessment tests this year.

The Kansas Assessment Program is overseen by the Kansas State Department of Education, testing subjects such as math, science and reading. A new version of testing this year was developed by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) located at the University of Kansas.

“Most issues weren’t CETE issues,” said Troy Hutton, Osage City USD 420 superintendent. “They were getting cyber attacked.”

Osage County jailer fired following gun incident

TOPEKA—An Osage County Sheriff’s Department jailer terminated this week allegedly pulled a gun during an incident involving two Topeka teenagers in February.

The Osage County Commission accepted the termination of Francis Kent at its March 31 meeting. According to Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn, Kent was fired by the department on March 27. Dunn declined to discuss the incident further, citing protection of non-elected personnel.

Burlingame girls earn all-star win

HIGHLAND—Two members of the Burlingame High School Lady Bearcats’ volleyball team participated in the Highland College all-star volleyball game Saturday, in Highland.

Burlingame seniors Ashton Dorr and Hayley Lewis played for the Navy team, coached by Burlingame High School Head Coach Chelsi Gardner. The Navy team lost the first match 29-27, but beat the gold team 25-22 and 28-26 in the remaining matches to win 2-1.

Carnival, roundup planned at MdCV Elementary

Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary School, Quenemo, will host its school carnival 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12. Activities planned for the carnival will include dunk tank, inflatables, concession stand, carnival games, silent auction and a raffle. Money raised will be used to support the reading and math programs.

A kindergarten roundup is scheduled for 9-10 a.m. April 25.

Parents should bring students’ immunization records, Social Security number, birth certificate and health assessment to the roundup.

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Harris enters non-guilty plea, trial set for June

LYNDON—Defendant James P. Harris entered a “not guilty” plea at his arraignment March 31 in Osage County District Court. Harris is charged with first-degree murder in the death of James Gerety.

Chief Judge Phillip M. Fromme accepted the plea and set a date for trial, beginning at 8:30 a.m. June 23. Fromme asked if one week would be sufficient for trial duration, noting that the state had a witness list with 30 names included.

State parks to host open houses

Osage County’s state parks will host open houses 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29, with free entrance to the parks for all attendees.

Activities at Pomona State Park will include tours of new cabins, RV show, door prizes, scavenger hunt, Easter egg hunt, demonstrations and food vendors. The date is the last day to purchase park permits at the discounted price and learn about the new park passport program. Pomona State Park is located at 22900 S. Hwy. 368, Vassar. For more information, call (785) 828-4933.

Fair board announces plans to replace arena

OVERBROOK—The Overbrook Fair Board set dates for the Overbrook Fair Aug. 13-16, securing a carnival and unveiling plans for remodeling the arena at its monthly meeting March 19 at Conrad’s Bar and Grill, in Overbrook.

The board confirmed Jones and Company Carnival as the provider of amusement rides Aug. 14-16. The board also addressed concerns about the overlap of the first days of school and the fair.

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