March 3, 2010
By Cliff Judy (WICHITA, Kan.) The day-to-day work may not seem special. Standing and talking to teenagers in a high school hallway may not seem inspirational. At Wichita's East High School, Officer John Biagini calls it the most important part of his job. You won't likely find any bigger fan of Biagini, East High's school resource officer, than Ricardo Escalera. When Escalera met Biagini as an East High freshman in 2005, the teen had only one completed credit to his name.
March 2, 2010
(WICHITA, Kan.) They've been a 35 year fixture in the Wichita School District. But in a year when money is tight, they are on the list. Magnet schools are one of the many things on USD 259's Value List. The district wants public input on what must be kept. The district needs to cut $25 million from its budget, and it has to find the money somewhere. And that somewhere may be in space. It's the "Final Frontier", if you're a Star Trek fan. But if you're a Mueller Elementary third, fourth, or fifth grader, it's a field trip.
February 22, 2010
By Kara Sewell & Chris Durden (WICHITA, Kan.) Wichita Public Schools Superintendent John Allison unveils how the district will deal with more funding cuts from the state. USD 259 expects to lose at least $25 million over the next year. That's in addition to the $25 million the district lost in 2009. Allison says parents, faculty and community members will have an opportunity to give their input. School site councils will meet and decide from a pre-determined list which programs are most valuable.
February 8, 2010
July 1, 2002 USD 280 Morland and USD 281 Hill City consolidated into USD 281 Hill City July 1, 2003 USD 317 Herndon and USD 318 Atwood consolidated to create USD 105 Rawlins County July 1, 2004 USD 302 Ransom and USD 304 Bazine consolidated to create USD 106 Western Plains July 1, 2005 USD 301 NesTreLaGo dissolved with most students going to USD 106 Western Plains July 1, 2006 ...
November 9, 2009
(WICHITA, Kan.) Eighty-nine thousand dollars can pay for two teachers in the Wichita School District. Or, it can pay for USD 259 to join an organization. Monday night, the district, which is in a hiring freeze, chose to do the latter. It will pay roughly $2 per child enrolled full time in the school district. Wichita schools is now a full member of Schools for Fair Funding. The coalition of 38 (now 39) Kansas school districts says the state government isn't giving them enough money for education.
October 6, 2009
By Eyewitness News (WICHITA, Kan.) A spokesperson with Wichita Public Schools says the district will no longer notify parents when there is a new confirmed case of a student infected with the H1N1 virus. In the past, USD 259 notified parents when a case of H1N1 was confirmed by KDHE. District spokesperson Susan Arnesman says for every confirmed case of the flu strain, there are dozens that go un-confirmed. The district says because H1N1 appears to be wide spread, and health and safety precautions are the same regardless of flu type, the district will no longer notify parents of individual cases.
June 22, 2009
by Denise Hnytka (WICHITA, Kan) Wichita Schools are debating how to cut next year's budget, and there is something new on the chopping block- school resource officers. The budget must be trimmed by as much as 21-million dollars. School Board President Lynn Rogers said cutting some school resource officers has been discussed recently, but it has now been added to the list of potential cuts. Monday, the school board voted to approve the order of the cut list. The 129 item list goes all the way up 27-million dollars.
January 28, 2009
February 11 Election office begins mailing Advance Voting ballots for the Primary February 16 Last day to register to vote for the Primary February 18 Advance voting in person begins in the election office February 20 Last day for candidates to file an Affidavit of Exemption if spending less than $500 on campaign February 23...
August 26, 2008
by Cliff Judy (WICHITA, Kan.) Wichita Public Schools are taking what officials call a "first step" in asking for community feedback in the USD 259 superintendent search. On Tuesday morning, the school district posted a superintendent search survey on its website. The survey is four pages long asking parents questions and allowing for further comments. WPS Superintendent Survey School district spokesperson Susan Arensman says the questions follow three key topics the Board of Education want to focus on. The topics are the direction of Wichita Public Schools, upcoming challenges and priorities, and characteristics of the new superintendent.
July 21, 2008
Name: Tony Brauer Office Sought: Reno County Commissioner - District 2 Political Party: Republican Website: N/A Education: B.S. in Business Administration (K-State) Civic Activities: Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce; Served on their Agri-Business Committee; Member of USD 312 School Board Profession: Agriculture Regional Loan Officer 37 years, lifetime farmer Previous Office(s) Held: President of Haven Chamber of Commerce; President, Treasurer of Church Affiliation Top Campaign Issues: Taxes County Roads and Bridges Review of all Expenditures Disclaimer: Eyewitness News sent identical surveys to every candidate running for office in the KBS viewing area.