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t at 111 E. Main, Mankato, Kansas Superior, Nebraska 68978 66956 A.feature of The Superior Express Entered Thursday, May 15, 2003 Price 50¢ into the mail at Webber, Kansas and Superior, Nebraska • was offered to H. Dean ,forthe for next May 12 USD 278 meeting. ary is to be determined at a i E-Rate funding has been t of $65,954.50. rv ces starting July 1, June 30, 2004. s of the board to proposed cost reductions school year. They are: :ps ce.tnps;eliminate guar- budgets; curtair amate overtime hours; re- "days in school year; to have prior ap- )riate office; in- prices textbook rental l enrollment fee for grades :s an activ- rentals, is $22. additional high tnd shop fees, additional lab and shop lees; class ty pass for family activity passes. calendar for 2003-04 and approved, pending negotiations. Students 21 and tile last day of 'students will be May 25. Ict Education Program the 2003-04 school proved. from Computer Solu- ith Center, to technical assis- Year was approved. facilities manager, re- the Mankato rag, as directed, to the work to the the Mankato Jun- School. The council Vork. Marvin Loomis meet to discuss the Roush will get the board. will be purchased Burr Oak, for the ng scheduled lbr May t, 7 was postponed and rescheduled for May 15 at the boardmeeting room. The resignation of Don Blanchat as 7 through 12 social studies teacher, head boys basketball and golf coach was accepted• Supplemental contracts for next year were approved: concessions, Kristin Underwood; quiz bowl, Luann Wilson; debate, forensics, plays, jun- ior class sponsor assistant, Bethany Roe; 9-12 vocal, junior high and high school band, Barbara Elbracht; K-8 vocal, Irene Ortman; yearbook, high school volleyball assistant, junior high volleyball head, high school cheer- leader sponsor, Kelly Melton; junior class sponsor head, high school vol- leyball head, Linda True; summer weight room, high school t~)tball head, Justin Basart; facilities manager, Bob Roush; activity director, Dale True; high school, football assistant, Brian Badger and Marty Zadina; junior high football assistant, Dale Dodd; high school track assistant,junior high boys track bead, high school cross country head, Jean Snapp; junior high cheer- leader sponsor, Dawn Garrett; high school FACS sponsor, Brenda Dooley. Shawna Robbins and Jenne Bleecker, juniors at MHS, presented a term paper report. Shawna's paper dealt with poverty in Jcwell County and Jenna's dealt with the issue of school Consolidation, Joe Baker, Professional Roof Con- sultants, LLC, Wichita, addressed the ~: '~ ~, i=, condition of the roofs ~'district build- , ........ ........ "" }:'!: }': ~ ~ i ings. Schultz is to proceed with a project specification with the base bid ~ ~~,i 3~,: } :, , , ~,:; ~ : ": ..... being one-half of the class room sec- , , : : : ~ : . : "' 7 * lion at the junior-senior high school, ; alternate i being the whole roof on the class room section and, alternate 2 being the gymnasium roof, alternate 3 being the north addition, alternate 4 being the south addition on the Junior- Senior High. Diana Boley presented to the Board regarding "No Child Left Behind" and NCA Accreditation. Agenda items dealing with approval of technology hardware and the Jun- ior-Senior High Student Handbook for 2003-04 were tabled until the June meeting. Schoolboard, BurrOakNight, Wednesday, Burr Oak; eighth the 2003-2004 grade graduation, 2 p.m., Esbon, and recommended high school graduation, 5 p.m. Sun- SOn0el at Monday night's day, Burr Oak. Jim Reed will present the diplomas to the eighth graders and provides 187 Ken Garman will presentseniordiplo- With 180 student days. gm ft)r students on Aug. 25. reel approved were elman, Sheila r.ese Frost Jim Love, Ing, Mike Modlin, Judy :hy Pate, Teresa lvin Silsby, and Sue Tucker. was conducted and from general on. SUperintendent, re- to the board: helped with custo- April through program. :1 COaches be selected meeti ng.. been ret:eiving de- the state in two of one. state assess- seventh grade sci- a standard of ex- net's standard ofex- on display at the were received Scholarships. The school The board scholarships at r to present The Rural Fire District No. 3, Esbon, has received a new $222,000 fire truck. The truck was made possible by a Fire Act Grant through F.E.M.A. for $202,500 with the local department chipping in $22,500. According to a fire department spokesman, "It's the only one of its kind in Jewell County." An extension to the existing fire station was required to house the truck. The addition is now in progress and is 12x60. A total of 19,500 fire departments in the nation applied Ior a F.E.M.A. grant and of those, 5,000 applied lor a fire truck. Only 395 fire trucks were awarded nation wide. The grant was applied tbr in March of last year. Richard Fischer, Esbon, one of the volunteer firemen, with aid from Betty Niles, Esbon, filled out the grant papers alter doing a lot of re- search. In September 2002 the fire department received word they had been awarded the grant. The local fire department was able to choose the truck and where it would come from. The truck arrived in Esbon May 2. It is a 2003 International, 1,800 gallon pumper truck, four door, and was manufactured by the Smeal Com- pany, Snyder, Neb. According to iigh School FFA well in the na- at Oklahoma City. out of 400 teams Shafff cap- and Nick Mizner The team has won this year. m the middle school tSSed. Walker re- is being moni- :ted. pany, un- Agency, company, in- centers and The equipment , . he inspec- a' dl S chng Vent s wer, announced: " Esbort. , AWards Night, Tues- ' rligh School Awards mas. Jim Love discussed the possibility of having a storage shed constructed at the east attendance center• He sug- gested a garage type building on a concrete floor with electrical outlets is being renovated, using funds left to the city by the Ula Maag estate. Jcwell County commissioners are considering expanding the cotmty health department after a request was made at Monday's meeting. Linda Woerner, health department dircctor made the request, saying more space would facilitate providing needed services and provide privacy for cli- ellIS, Woerner and Jan Lindberg, health department registered nurse, discussed changes in the immunization program, Lindberg has completed the Kan-Be- Health course and can now do physi- cals. Gary Tordrup, extension ag agent, Deanna Sweat, home economist, Sherry Kostcr and Lisa Nelson, exten- sion board members, presented the 2004 Jewell County Extension Coun- Workmen from Great Plains Landscape, Beloit, work at installing a sprinkler system in Jewell City Park. The park oil budget request lor the same amount as last year. Commissio.ners took the Hospital celebrates nursing home week request under advisement. Neolin Taylor, board member of Pawnee Mental Health, requested com- missioners sign a proclamation declar- ing the month of May as Mental Health Month. The theme this year is "Mental Health Matters-Every Day." Com- missioners made the declaration as re- quested. Don Snyder, EMP director, dis- cussed91 I addressingrequirement and problems. He also discussed a federal grant Ior equipment to aid the county against weapons of mass destruction. Joe Gruszka asked when repairs could be made to the road by his prop- erty in Washington Township. Jim Jewell County Hospital and Long Term Care are celebrating National Nursing Home Week May 12 to 16. Activities for the week are listed: Tuesday ice cream will be served pro- vided by the C.O.R.E. committee along with a quilted wall hanging display. Wednesday is the resident family bar- becue at noon and spet, ml music at 7 p.m. by Jamey and Michelle McWilliams. Thursday is special games; Friday residents will go for van rides to tour the communities; Sat- Jewell City Council met May 5 Bill Bohnert reported on the progress of Loomis, Darrell Bohnert, Max Burks, the park improvement project. Ce- Jerry Richecky, Frank Shelton, Amy ment pads tbr the shelter houses are Arasmith and Carl Knarr attending, done, light poles are painted, play- Bill Loomis, Max Burks and Jerry ground equipment is expected to ar- Richecky took the oath of office, rive in early June. Curb and gutter on Several members of the Palmer the south side of the park was dis- Museum were present to discuss the cussed. building attached to the north side of Jewell Apartment Board of Direc- tors met after council meeting. The management review report was reviewed. Policies were amended as recommended on the report. Bi IIs were reviewed and approved for payment. The apartment manager was given approval to proceed with plans for an open house to celebrate 25 years of operation. and lighting. The board will consider urday residents will enjoy homemade this recommendation and asked him to ice cream and Kansas videos. bring some price quotes to a future meeting. Summer school is June 9 through 20 and July 14 through 25. Summer maintenance projects will be exterior and interior painting at both attendance centers; working on the ten- nis court at Esbon; refinishing gym floors at both attendance centers; plac- ing new playground equipment and later doing playground yard work after the equipment is installed. Discussion follbwed about hiring help with the painting projects. Walker announced the Lebanon Golf Course had sold at auction and that some people are trying to purchase the property so that it will continue to be used as a golf course. If these people do purchase the property, they will work with the school district so that it will continue to be used by the school's golf team. Walker reported that the golf team is having a success- ful year. Three executive sessions were held to discuss matters affecting students; nonelected personnel; negotiations. No decisions were made on these matters out of the sessions. Schoolboard members present were Lorie Yelken, Ray Mizner, Ken Garman, Jim Reed, Lesa Peroutek, Wanda Fraiser. Others present were Bill Walker, superintendent, Sue Tucker, acting clerk, Jim and Shari Love and Gloria Gannan-Schlaefli. Submit reunion, alumni news This newspaper will use class re- union photos and news articles in fu- ture issues of the newspaper. Photos must be of good quality-- clear and taken as close as possible to show faces clearly. Submit photos with clearly written identification of the group and people in the photo. Additional information about the gathering may also be submitted for a story on the event. These should be turned in as soon as possible after the event. At Jewell County Hospital, each department plays a vital.role in the well being of the communmes. The team includes physicians, as- sistant, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certi- fied nursing assistants; dietary; medi- cal records; housekeeping and laun- dry; maintenance; billing and business office; activities; social services; X- ray and labordtory; finances; adminis- tration; and board of trustees. Friends, staff, and administration of Jewell County Hospital and Long Term Care and Rural Health Clinic extend invitation to residents of the community to visit the facilities and get acquainted with the staff, take a tour of the facilities. Mankato City utility report Connects: Terry Long, 219N. High; Jonas McEntire, 411 S. Clinton. Mankato High graduates 28 Graduation for 28 Mankato High School seniors was Saturday aft6moon. Susan Harper and Irene Ortman provided the traditional processional, "Pomp and Circumstance." Brandy Burkhart welcomed the audience and principal Bruce Hut ford, principal, pre- sented honor awards. Salutatorian Tyler Dunstan spoke about "The Driving Force.' Co-Vale- dictorians were Ange!a Jensen and Moriah Wagner. Jensen's presenta- tion Was "Changes" and Wagner' s was "Go Placidly." Hurford then presented the class of 2003. The presentation of flowers was by Beth Gillett. Casey Newell pre- sented the farewell. Ushers were Cortney Alexander and Aaron Zadina and handing out pro- grams were Nicole Jeffery, Ericka Melby, Shawna Robbins and Gayle Wilson. the museum. Bohnert and Arasmith reported on the Day Care Center. Billing ordi- nance was reviewed and approved for payment. Amy Arasmith was appointed city clerk; Pat Wihneth, city treasurer; and the Jewell County Record was desi'g- nated as the city's official newspaper• The 2004 township fire contracts were reviewed. Rates will remain the same as last year. A GAAP waiver for financial reports will be requested from the state for year ending Dec. 3 I, 2003. John Woerner, Woerner Body Shop, requested a yellow no-parking stripe be painted in front of the drive to his business. Council approved the request. The 28 graduating seniors Department responds to intentional burn Mankato Volunteer Fire Depart- ment responded Saturday night about 8 p.m. to the Bob Love property, 4 1/2 miles west and one mile south of Man- kato. An individual was intenlionatly burning an out building. No assistance was necessary. at Mankato High School received diplomas Foster, general superintendent, ex- plained the county's rocking policy. Steve Mclntyre discussed road main- tenance on the road by his property and requested rock for the road. Foster discussed locations of the rock pits. Foster had a request and petition from Sprint United Te!ephone to bury telephone cable along section 32 of Ionia Township. The commi'ssioners agreed to sign the request and petition. Rodncy Zeigler, custodian, diS- cussed vacation leave. Kim Ost, sheriff, introduced Jonas McEntire, new deputy sheriff. Ost reported the new recording system is' operational and the remodeling is al- most completed in the booking room. Fischer, Snyder is a small community with a population of 320 and this com- pany employees 280 people. The truck has fire fighter seats, al- lowing fire fighters to put on their self contained breathing units as they trav- eling to the scene. It has a quick dump valve on it, so that it allows aiding surrounding fire departments by pro- viding more water. "We can release the water from this quick drop in a matter of a little over a minute, giving water to other fire departments in mu- tual aid situations," Fischer said. The truck is equipped with loam for class A fires. It came fully equipped with hoses, nozzles, shovels and rakes. The fire department doing some mutual aid training with other fire de- partments. Five firemen from the de- partment took training at Snyder and more will be take this training. There are i 8 volunteer firemen in Rural Dis- trict No. 3 that serves three townships in Jewel i County and covers 108 square miles. An open house is planned for June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the fire station in Esbon so the public can view the truck "Everyone isexcited about this. feel so fortunate to have this truck to serve the community," Fischer said. ii The commissioners looked at the equip- ment at the road and bridge depart- ment. CarlaWaugh,county clerk, reported on HAVA(Help America Vote Act) and the changes and effects on Jewell County, Bill Loomis, mayorofJewell, discussed valuation of property and property tax. The commissioners re- viewed with Bruce Webb, county ap, praiser, his employment evaluation. Commissioners attending the meet- ing were Frank Langer, Doyle Alcorn and Stanley Colson. Highway repair scheduled The Kansas Department of Trans- portation announced approved bids for state highway and construction main- tenance projects in Kansas. Buffalo Stripe, a Corporation, Olathe, is contractor for both jobs: K- 148 from the junction of K-28 east to the Jewell-Republic County line, seven miles joint repair, $9,992.55; and K- 148, from the JewelI-Republic county line east to the Republic-Washington county line, 32.1 miles, joint repair, $33,994.55. Full-time deputy joins sheriff's staff Jonas McEntire, a native of To- peka, began work Monday as a full-time deputy for the Jewell County Sheriff's De- partment. He was a re- serve deputy in Cheyenne County. He has a son, Zeke, 2, and a fiancee, Mehlina, who repairs machinery for post offices in Topeka. His family will be moving to Mankato soon. McEntire will take on-the-job train- ing with more training in the fall. The Jewell County Sheriff's De- partment presently employs three full- time deputies and two part-time depu- ties. during commencement exercises Saturday in the high school gymnasium.