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FHSU ‘re-engineering’ town hall set for Thursday afternoon »

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A town hall meeting is scheduled at Fort Hays State University to discuss the “Re-Engineering”  Thursday, March 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ball Room. According to minutes from a Fort Hays State University Faculty Senate special meeting Oct. 1, 2014, the Re-engineering Task Force was designed to “look at what […]

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Superintendent highlights USD 489 Foundation for Match Madness »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Superintendent Dean Katt  is encouraging donations to the USD 489 Foundation Fund for Educational Excellence on Tuesday because donations will be matched from the Heartland Community Foundation. Tuesday is the foundation’s Match Madness, during which the group will match donations made to any of the 16 nonprofits the foundation serves. At […]

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State’s block grant funding proposal could help USD 489 budget »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Superintendent Dean Katt said the GOP proposal to fund schools with “block grants” instead of the current per-pupil funding formula actually will help Hays USD 489 and could result in a $316,000 increase to the district’s general fund. At Monday’s USD 489 Board of Education meeting, Katt said it is […]

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Bands set to pop at annual School Popcorn Concert »

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The public is invited to the annual School Popcorn Concert featuring bands from Hays High School and Hays Middle School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at HHS, 2300 E. 13th. “You won’t want to miss this very special performance,” said Hays Middle School Band Director Marcus Bishop. Bishop said the schools’ jazz band will begin the […]

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Facing uncertain state budget, USD 489 votes to retain enrollment fees »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post While the state Legislature continues to wrangle over public school funding, the Hays USD 489 Board of Education on Monday voted to retain enrollment fees implemented last year for the 2015-16 school year. Board members Lance Bickle and Greg Schwartz voted against the measure, while board President James Leiker, vice […]

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Administrator contracts, enrollment fees up for vote at USD 489 meeting »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Approval of  certified administrator contracts are on the the agenda for Monday’s Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting, including one contract for Washington Elementary Principal Allen Park. Park also is serving as transition coordinator since last month’s decision by the board to close Washington as an elementary school. Park’s […]

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Birthday girl’s wish comes true at animal refuge fundraiser (VIDEO) »

  By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays first-grader Johanna Jones’ idea to forgo birthday gifts in lieu of donations to Western Plains Animal Refuge turned out to be a great one, as hundreds of community members and classmates came to Orscheln Farm and Home in Hays, raising $815 for the shelter Saturday. “I feel good […]

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First grade ‘philanthropist’ opts for donations over presents »

Joahanna Jones

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A 6-year-old Hays girl is formally requesting no gifts for her birthday this weekend and will also forgo the traditional class party. Instead, she and her guests will spend a morning at Orscheln Farm and Home raising funds for Western Plains Animal Refuge. Johanna’s mother, Stacey Jones, said the idea […]

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Hays couple adopts mission to help orphans in Haiti »

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BY KARI BLURTON Hays Post Orphans and community members in a remote village in Haiti will soon have access to health care due to the efforts of a Hays based nonprofit, Open Hands Of the Fatherless. Board Vice President Mark St. Peter said the health care clinic, scheduled to open this June, serves the organization’s […]

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Broken trailer axle ignites grass fire near I-70 »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A grass fire 1 mile east of Yocemento burned through 3 acres of land, with flames coming within 300 yards of a house Wednesday afternoon. According to Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus, crews were called to the incident shortly after 3 p.m. to find the center median and […]

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USD 489 administration offers ‘digital learning plan’ to board »

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BY KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489 Director of Curriculum Shanna Dinkel presented a detailed “digital learning plan” at Monday’s USD 489 work session, designed to serve as a framework for leading the district to “successful learning in a global, digital learning society.” In November, the District’s Technology Committee recommended the purchase of 152 iPads […]

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Elementary students and staff arrive to school ‘in character’ »

O'Loughlin library secretary, Toni Lohrmeyer

KARI BLURTON Hays Post It was a sight to be seen as Fancy Nancys, Harry Potters, and Things One and Things Two filled the rooms of O’Loughlin Elementary … and, ah yes, there was a Nancy Drew too. Monday’s “Dress as your favorite book character” is one of the many events planned this week at […]

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Hays USD 489 administrators recommend increased fees remain »

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by KARI BLURTON Hays Post Facing a $155,000 loss in state funding, the administration of Hays USD 489 is asking the board of education to retain increased enrollment fees approved last summer for another school year. The proposal states “should there be an increase in state or local funding, fees could be lowered at that […]

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