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Wow! totally classless and unnecessary bulldog. Nothing wrong with paying homage to one of the most influential people in the last 50 years. Especially considering he died far too young.

October 27, 2011 at 9:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Seasoned, young competitors ready for American Royal rodeo

Very cool! Best of luck to each of your at the American Royal. I love articles like this one. The standard sports round-up of everything going on at Baldwin High School gets old sometimes. Not that they aren't accomplishing great things too but I appreciate getting to learn about the other 80-90% of kids who aren't football or basketball stars.

October 27, 2011 at 9:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Residents question 1055 project's cost, scope

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't part of the 1/4 cent sales tax increase for city infrastructure projects? We pay that tax so we can afford projects like this Torch. Plus the cost is split between the city and county so our share is $1.7 million. Obviously not chump change but throwing around a $3 million price tag for the city isn't totally factual or honest.

I think this seems like a worthwhile project. I can understand why Bob Pringle doesn't like it because it temporarily cuts off the only entrance to his store but to compare it to 6th street south of downtown is ridiculous. With all the traffic pulling into the Santa Fe Market, Hardware store, Mr. Pringle's store, the schools, a church and several subdivisions, it's hardly comparable to south 6th. A third lane could prevent accidents and it would definitely help ease congestion before and after school.

May 19, 2011 at 8:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

USD School Board considering cutting busing inside city limits

I was unaware in-town students were even riding the bus. We always walked but we only lived five blocks away. Seems like it should be possible to have four or five bus stops throughout town. No student would have to walk more than several blocks, it would be less expensive and more efficient.

I know it's water under the bridge but this is just another consequence of the foolish majority that voted for the bond issue. I sure hope none of the people complaining about this are the same people who voted to abandon a perfectly fine, centrally located building in favor of two separate buildings with poor auto access and no pedestrian access.

April 27, 2011 at 11:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board closes rural elementary schools by 5-2 vote

Lawrence may be a viable option for some in the Vinland area but for those living in the western part of our district, the Santa Fe Trail district would geographically make the most sense. In that district, 3rd and 4th graders go to an attendance center in Scranton. Read my post carefully and you would have understood that.

What district you leave for isn't really the point. The point is that either way, Lawrence, SFT or Ottawa will not keep the MSES or VES buildings open and those kids will not be able to go to a small, rural school with 10-15 kids per grade. Moving your children because USD 348 is closing their grade school would really just be a knee-jerk reaction to spite the Baldwin school district. Otherwise, your children would already be going to school in that other district.

December 19, 2010 at 11:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board closes rural elementary schools by 5-2 vote

Absorbed into another school district? really? so you think the Santa Fe Trail school district is going to keep the Marion Springs school open or will those kids be bussed to their attendance centers in Overbrook (K-2), Scranton (3-4) and Carbondale (5-8)?

This is the common sense decision that should have been made years ago. Keeping schools that small open is an inefficient use of taxpayer money. Look around the state over the last 50 years and you'll see that many school districts have undergone various sorts of consolidation because their administrations made the same common sense decisions. My only regret is that tenure, as opposed to quality, will decide which teachers are let go. It's regrettable that anyone has to lose a job but unfortunately that's reality.

December 16, 2010 at 10:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City council discusses unsafe structure, speed limits near elementary schools

It's not as if the $25k he's asking for will cover the entire rehab. He and the other investors will have to put a lot of their own money into something that may or may not be profitable in the long run. I don't see anyone else stepping up with any good ideas so we should feel lucky that people in our community are willing to take a financial risk that will also get rid of a major eyesore.

November 7, 2010 at 12:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board revisits elementary school closings

Yeah, that'll improve your child's education. Teach them at home. If you think you and your spouse can provide a better education then why weren't you doing so already. Folks, this decision wouldn't change the quality of K-5 education that much, if any at all.

I agree the district mismanages its money and is too bloated on the administrative side. I also thought we could have passed a much smaller bond issue and made huge improvements to the old grade school on Chapel St. That being said, keeping these two rural schools open is also mismanaging our money. It's not cost effective.

If this were some state or federal government agency we'd all be screaming at the waste of tax payer money. This just happens to be a situation that hits closer to home for some people. I realize that and I understand why they aren't happy about it but we all need to look at things objectively and spend our tax revenue as prudently as possible. It would be great to have six or seven elementary schools in the district with very small class sizes and the quality of education may be better. Would that be the smart thing to do with our tax money... no!!! So why do we continue to do that for a minority of students in our district.

September 24, 2010 at 5:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board revisits elementary school closings

Maybe you hadn't heard Torch but the Blue Valley district just opened a brand new high school. The Olathe district opened a new high school about five years ago and St. James Academy opened about five years ago. Those are just their high schools. I don't really follow the grade school openings but I assume they are opening new ones as well. Teachers have options other than USD 348.

September 24, 2010 at 1:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board revisits elementary school closings

We continue to compromise the education of ALL kids in the district if we aren't able to pay our teachers competitive salaries. If teachers slowly leave for better paying districts then we all suffer. It's regrettable that the rural students will have to "slum" it with us city folk but I really don't think their education will be compromised as much as their parents would like to believe.

September 24, 2010 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )