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Enrollment, classroom sizes up at some Hays public schools »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Just days before school begins, Hays USD 489 staff is keeping a close eye on enrollment numbers as administrators “want to see enrollment numbers go up for funding purposes,” said Director of Curriculum Shanna Dinkel. Dinkel told USD 489 Board of Education members at Monday’s work session it appears numbers […]

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HPD reminds drivers to take care as students begin new school year »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays Police Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for  flashing lights across Hays this week. “It’s that time of year again — getting ready to get back to school,” Assistant Police Chief Brian Dawson said, “and we just want to remind community members about safety tips […]

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Hays USD 489 board opts against televising work sessions »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post In an effort to encourage more public and staff participation at Hays USD 489 Board of Education work sessions, the board decided to rotate each work session to different schools in Hays. At Monday’s work session, the board initially had planned to discuss televising the work sessions, as is currently […]

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Hays USD 489 starting new year with new theme »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Following what many Hays USD 489 school board members, staff  and the community have called a tough year due to budget and staff cuts, Superintendent Dean Katt has come up with a new theme for the district to symbolize a new school year and a new start — “Building on […]

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Peterson Brothers’ famous farming parodies coming to Hays »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Kansas Original’s Market and Gallery is hoping another “Kansas original” can help the longtime nonprofit, located north of Wilson, raise funds at an upcoming benefit concert in Hays. The Peterson Farm Brothers of Assaria have agreed to perform their first concert in northwest Kansas to benefit and celebrate 25 years […]

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USD 489 BOE to discuss budget and enrollment projections at Monday’s work session »

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by KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489 board of education members will discuss the upcoming FY15 budget hearing and a revised building based budget at Monday’s work session. The board must establish maximum expenses for all district funds and the final budget must be submitted to the Kansas Department of Education by August 25. According […]

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REMINDER: HPD gears up for second annual bike-safety event »

Last year's HPD Bike Rodeo

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Many kids soon will be riding their bikes to school, and officers from the Hays Police Department bike patrol want to ensure those kids know the “rules of the road.” The Hays Police Department will hold its second annual Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at […]

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Hays Middle School to start new year with new building »

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By Kari Blurton Hays Post At a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the new addition at Hays Middle School, Principal Craig Pallister said students and faculty will not only have extra room this year, they will also have a tornado shelter “and the best bathrooms in the district,” he laughed. The addition, half-funded by a […]

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USD 489 looks forward to Internet connection upgrades »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post When school begins next week, Hays USD 489 students and faculty will not have to worry about the frustration of being kicked off the Internet several times a day. District Technology Director Brian Drennon was tasked with installing a new technology infrastructure and wireless upgrade over the summer. At Monday’s […]

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USD 489′s new online enrollment running smoothly »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Despite a come mixed reviews, Hays USD 489’s new process for online enrollment is running smoothly after a few minor tweaks. At Monday’s school board meeting, technology director Brian Drennon said 1,283 students have used online enrollment since last week’s startup. “We opened it up actually Thursday night at midnight, […]

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USD 489 teacher negotiations continue »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays USD 489 teachers are in the middle of negotiating their contracts for the upcoming school year. At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Dean Katt said some issues with the local Kansas National Education Association have been “tentatively agreed on.” Katt said the teacher salaries most likely will be “frozen” instead […]

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$60,000 cancellation fee for USD 489 unlikely after negotiations »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post It looks as if Hays USD 489 will not have to pay the nearly $60,000 cancellation fee insurance carrier United Heartland wanted to impose after claiming the district canceled a workers’ compensation contract. At Monday’s school board meeting, board attorney Bill Jeter stepped away from his seat citing a conflict […]

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Parker will help take Jana’s Campaign message national »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As Kelley Parker begins her first day Monday as the person who will head efforts to take the message of Hays-based Jana’s Campaign to end relationship violence nationwide, she says she is excited to help take the organization to the “next level.” In an recent announcement, Jana’ Campaign co-founders Curt […]

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