Moundridge News

Spring 2015 School Board Candidate Information
 
 - There are two ways to file as a candidate for election.  
        1. File a declaration of intention to become a candidate with the McPherson County election office and pay a $5 filing fee.
        2. File a petition with the county election officer.  Petition must contain signatures of 50 registered voters within the member district.
 - January 27, 2015 by noon is the filing deadline.
 - April 7, 2015 is the General Election
 - All School Board members must be registered voters in the district and cannot be an employee of the board on which they are a member.
 - School Board members serve four-year terms.
 - No candidate may withdraw their candidacy after the filing deadline.
 - For more information on becoming a Board member, one may contact the Kansas Association of School Boards (800-432-2471, email@kasb.org, www.kasb.org) or stop by the Moundridge District Office and pick up a “Spring 2015 School Board Candidate Guide”.
 

LOB Mail-Ballot Election

Moundridge residents have received a ballot with a single, school-related item on it.  Below is some simple information about this required mail-ballot election and more information will be in the mail later this week.

  • - The LOB election in June 2014 allowed the BOE to increase the budget authority to 33% with NO TAX INCREASE.
  • - The current LOB mail-ballot election will allow the BOE to maintain the 33% budget authority with NO TAX INCREASE.
  • - Failure to pass this election will reduce the budget authority by 2% and create a loss of state aid and approximately $60,000 from the budget.
  • - A YES VOTE minimizes budget cuts that affect the quality of education at USD 423.
  • - A YES vote will be voting to maintain the current level of funding for USD 423 students with NO TAX INCREASE

Please contact Superintendent Chad Higgins for more information.   Phone: 345-5500     Email: higginsc@usd423.org

McPherson County Health Department Nurses will be giving FREE Tdap Vaccinations to USD # 423 students (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) who bring Completed/Signed Consent Forms on or before Wednesday, December 17, 2014, to Moundridge Middle School.

Tdap (vaccine for Pertussis/Whooping Cough) information and required forms are being mailed home to all USD 423 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  They will also be available in the School Office or can be downloaded from the links below or at www.mcphersoncountyks.us under the Health Department link.

Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are vulnerable to the disease if they have not received a Tdap booster shot since getting their DTaP shot before starting Kindergarten.  Please check your child’s immunization record to determine if they have had a Tdap Booster since starting Kindergarten.

This FREE in-school clinic is in response to the recent cases of Pertussis/Whooping Cough in adolescents in McPherson County. Getting more adolescents immunized with Tdap will help prevent future cases of Pertussis in our community.

The FREE Tdap Vaccine will only be available for a limited time and there is a limited supply of FREE Tdap Vaccine.  We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Fact Sheet
Tdap Vaccine Information Sheet
Tdap Vaccination Consent Form
MCHD Privacy Practices

 

Moundridge fans, please save the date!  Author Steven Michael Farney will be joined by members of the 1991, 1992 and 1993 Hall of Fame Moundridge Boys Basketball teams at a special signing of the new book "Streakin."  In a game by game summary, the book chronicles the longest consecutive game winning streaks in the history of both boys and girls high school basketball.  These Wildcat teams won 59 straight during their run towards four consecutive state titles.  That winning streak is currently the second longest in the state's history for the boys.

Coaches and team members will join the author on December 20th from 2-4 PM at Modd's Sweets and Eats.  The hard cover book (216 pages) sells for $30 and for each book sold, $2 comes back to Moundridge High.  "Streakin" makes an excellent last-minute Christmas gift and will be a treasured keepsake of these special, Hall of Fame teams.  Hope to see you the 20th.

The competition included 22 FFA chapters and 178 student competitors.  The MHS team placed 3rd and Jacob Ewy placed 7th High overall.

We have been asked to distribute this information to all employees of our district and other persons who would have suggestions on making schools more efficient.  The Chairman of the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission has requested that we make information available to administrators, educators, and the public concerning a survey to collect input on ways of fulfilling the Commission’s statutory charge.  Survey results will be compiled after Monday, October 13.
 
 
Keep in mind, this commission's charge is based on a premise that schools are inefficient and they have operated to this point with that assumption, rather than considering the possibility that large budget cuts have already forced schools to become more efficient than reasonable to provide the services necessary to fulfill our statutory charge.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
- Chad Higgins

 

Congratulations to Ben Schrag and Josh Knight for placing in the Gold division at the FFA Greenhand Conf. on the FFA Information test.  Moundridge FFA ws one of 31 schools and 383 FFA Greenhands took the test.

 
Other Greenhand Team Members:
Hadley Allenbach, Damian Calderon, Hunter Emerson, & Chris Leddy

The Board of Education is considering the growing needs of our school facility.  We have completed a few critical projects during the past five years using our annual capital outlay budget but much of what remains will need a community-passed bond issue.

We have begun building a list of facility needs to include district-wide improvements of the heating and cooling system, electrical system, flooring and furniture, parking lots and sidewalks, as well as the needed replacement of the gold fascia surrounding the middle and high school buildings.  Other potential projects would improve security and student safety by updating doors and windows, the camera system, and adding tornado shelters. 

An additional project would move all the elementary school to the same campus as middle and high schools which could result in long-term savings in a variety of ways.  This project would require the sale of the current elementary school building; a possibility resulting in something positive for our community. 

Finally, the long-discussed vision of renovating the Greer facility and creating a community center could be a part of this comprehensive project.

There are numerous hurdles to address in this process and many more conversations yet to come.  Now that a tentative vision of future facility needs has been put together, the Board of Education is preparing to take the next important step in further developing this vision.  In September, a Board committee will recommend an architectural firm for this project.  The architect will be able to estimate project costs and work with the BOE to develop an overall plan.  Steps over the next year or more include recruiting a project committee, the development of a priority list, and the decision on how to fund each of these projects.

During the school year this facility project will begin to take shape as possibilities become realities or impossibilities.  Big decisions about property use, construction and demolition, and revenue sources will be made in the process of developing a long-term vision for our schools and community.  In a few months, a special page on our district website will be used to provide patrons and staff with project updates, surveys, and options. 

Even though this project is still in its infancy, questions and suggestions are welcome and can be directed to myself at 345-5500 or higginsc@usd423.org.

- Coach Kelsi Chisholm

ACADEMIC AWARD

The Moundridge HS Volleyball has earned the Kansas Volleyball Association Academic Award for 2013-2014.  The MHS Varsity volleyball team had a cumulative GPA of 3.84 during the last school year.  Listed below are the players who were considered in order to earn this recognition.  Out of the 13 players, 8 had a perfect 4.0 GPA.  The Kansas Volleyball Association gives out this award every year and any team who has outstanding academic success is recognized.  I am very proud of our team for putting as much effort in the classroom as they do on the volleyball court. 

Mackenzie Suderman; Brooke Holloway; Hope Wedel; Michelle Schrag; Elizabeth Ratzlaff; Anna Stucky; Rylie Dyck; Chelsey Knight; Peri Lange; Emily Knight; Erin Miller; Faith Barton; Brynne Wedel

CHARACTER AWARD

Kansas Wesleyan University came and did and volleyball camp for the Moundridge Volleyball team this summer.  One aspect of the camp was a focus on core values every day.  At the end of the camp, staff members chose one player that stood out as a Champion of Character and our recipient was Bethany Stucky, a freshmen volleyball player.  Bethany demonstrated effort, a willingness to learn and encouraged other teammates. This was a really neat award for Bethany especially since she is a freshmen it shows it doesn't matter your age you can impact your team positively. 

This is something that I have tweaked a bit to fit our program but we too have adopted core values for our team and have emphasized those during the first few weeks of practice. Seniors have nominated players to be recognized and so far it seems to going really well in preparing us to become better players and teammates.  If you have any further questions let me know.