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Throughout this spring semester our staff and Board of Education have been evaluating potential budget cuts and changes in order to address a number of expenses which have quickly surpassed revenue over the past few years.  While our local property valuation and student enrollment provide some potential for increased funding down the road, unexpected increases in special education costs, employee costs, and utility costs have grown at a rate greater than can be absorbed with current funding levels.  Through attrition, one position for next year has been eliminated and one or more will likely be cut in the following year.  The Board is also evaluating potential changes to employee benefits in order to stabilize long-term costs.   

Unfortunately, decisions at the legislative level have placed our state on a path towards major financial and economic problems.  State revenue, due to income tax policy implemented a year ago, has decreased significantly and the promise of job growth has yet to be realized.  This combination of problems has forced our school and others to start making plans for a significant decrease in funding in the next few years.  One of those solutions, provided by legislators during this session, is to provide school districts greater authority to use the Local Option Budget (LOB) to generate revenue.

In early April the Moundridge High Horticulture Class entered three teams in the Willie and the Beanstalk contest held at Manhattan on the Campus of Kansas State University.

Results: Moundridge #2- Tied for first Place overall
             Moundridge # 3- placed 3rd overall
Members of the teams included:
Dale Hall, Taylor Richert, Maria Peterson, Erin Miller, Brooke Franz, Sam Blaylock, Whitney Fiedler and Wyatt Fiedler
The Middle School Ag Discovery team also entered the Willie and the Beanstalk competition and teams placed 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th out of 34 teams.

MHS art students recently competed at the HOA League Festival.  Out of 50 pieces of artwork submitted for the competition, 23 earned recognition.  Moundridge students earned the most ribbons of all schools competing in the league competition.  Mrs. Chisholm was very proud of how students for represented their school not only through their artwork but also through the behavior.  A gallery of winners is on display in the middle school commons area.

Total Awards:

 - 9 first places
 - 8 second places
 - 4 third places
 - 2 honorable mentions

Individual Awards:

 - Rebecca Ullom Minnich took 4 ribbons
 - Erin Miller took 3 ribbons
 - Kodi Allen took 3 ribbons
 - Kaylie Penner took 2 ribbons
 - Caleb Allen took 2 ribbons
 - JedDrek Seeber took 2 ribbons
 - Javin Foth took 1 ribbon
 - Ashley Holler took 1 ribbon
 - Florian Hupfauer took 1 ribbon
 - Vera Gutmann took 1 ribbon
 - Kayla Frazer took 1ribbon
 - Jacey Spore took 1 ribbon
 - Leanna Davis took 1 ribbon 

- Article by Kelsi Chisholm

On March 7, 18 students attended the Friends University Art Challenge.  This competition is unique in that most of the schools who attend are from the greater Wichita area and are much larger in size compared to Moundridge.  Most of the schools have specialized art programs in photography, ceramics and 2D art, each being led by a different teacher.  The quantity and quality of artwork at this event makes it hard to place in any of the juried categories or win any challenges.  This was by far our most successful year yet with 5 awards.  Leanna Davis took first for her colored pencil drawing, Erin Miller took two first place prizes for her prints and her jewelry and Kaylie Penner took 2nd place for her oil painting.  Caleb Allen, Kodi Allen, Erin Miller, Rebecca Ullom-Minnich and Kaylie Penner all served on the Junior Mural Team earning honorable mention for the Mural Masterpiece Challenge.  While the judges evaluate and determine winners from the schools’ art booths, the students participate in various challenges in another area. 

 The Mural Masterpiece is by far the most popular event with approximately 30 teams and 90 students competing.  The challenge is to take a “masterpiece” and transform it into a current popularized issue.  The Junior team chose childhood obesity as their current issue and Rene’ Magritte’s, “Son of Man” as their masterpiece.   Students plan designs and layout ahead of time but only have 2 ½ hours to complete the onsite chalk mural.   I am very proud of all our Moundridge students who competed and worked hard getting ready for the event.  It is fun going to different events and seeing our talented students’ artwork on display.  League Art on April 2nd is our next 

competition at Inman High school followed by the McPherson County Showcase for grades 6-12 on April 9-13.  

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