Daily Archives: June 9, 2020

USD 353 Board summary: Buckendorf resigns as principal, new high school curriculum discussed

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board accepted the resignation of John Buckendorf, the Wellington High School principal, at its final regular meeting of the school calendar year.

John Buckendorff

The meeting was held Monday evening at the Wellington High School commons area instead of the school administrative offices to abide by the social distancing guidelines. This was also the first meeting in four months in which members of the public could attend personally. The three previous meetings have been online due to the Coronavirus 19 pandemic shutdown guidelines.

Buckendorf resigned after serving as WHS principal for three years. He will become the new principal at Topeka Highland High School. The Wellington board will now begin advertising for a new principal. Since the school year starts on July 1, it could be a quick search.

Buckendorf tendered his resignation in May and it became official at Monday’s meeting. Other resignations include:

Sumner County Commissioners meeting minutes: June 1 and June 2, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The following are the Sumner County Commissioner minutes for June 1 and June 2.

June 1, 2020 – 9 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission Room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner, and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present were County Clerk Debra A. Norris, 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley, and Jill Kuehny.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of May 25 and 26. The special meeting of May 29 was also reviewed and unanimously approved.

At 9:30 a.m., the Commission held a public hearing on two zoning cases, with Planning and Zoning Director Jon Bristor. Also present were Doug Hisken and Teresa Heater.  The first zoning case heard, No. 08PC-20, an application by Hisken Family Farm, Rev. Trust with Douglas Hisken and Teresa Heater, Trustee requesting a conditional use for the purpose of an eldercare facility. 

Political advertisement: Jason Boyd for Sumner County Sheriff

Friends and Neighbors, 

As the filing deadline has now closed and the August 4th primary approaches, here is a brief description of my main goals once taking office. Further details outlined at .

-Budget reduction and restructure 

-Restore Residency Policy; Cutting tremendous costs and returning local jobs

-Rebuild relationships with local police departments and law enforcement partners

-Reinstate D.A.R.E and youth programs

-Return the K-9 program

-Return the Reserve Program

-Establish Sheriff Advisory committee

Thanks to all levels of Support! 

Jason Boyd 


Sumner County Sheriff 2020

Paid for by Boyd Campaign, Kori Boyd treasurer 

Wellington Aquatic Center will reopen this Friday, June 12

Wellington swimmers can come out and swim this Friday. (Archive photo)

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Family Aquatic Center is opening on Friday, June 12 the Wellington Recreation Commission announced today.

Wellington Family Aquatic Center opening adjustments for social distancing and sanitation.

The following are current WRC rules for the aquatic center:

•All lounge chairs have been taken out of the pool. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs or towel to sit on.

Wellington Police notes: Monday, June 8, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, June 8, 2020

Twelve WHS juniors selected as Lions Award winners

2020 Lions Junior Award winners (identification is below) (Click to enlarge).

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Noon Lions Club annually selects 12 members of the junior class at the high school to receive the Lions Junior Awards. Normally these are presented at an all-school assembly in April, but, of course, nothing is normal this year.

Beginning back in 1931, the Wellington Noon Lions Club decided to annually honor six boys and six girls out of the Junior Class. These students were selected for their outstanding qualities, not necessarily for their athletic abilities, popularity or grade point average. Instead, these students were selected because they exemplified the Lions Code of Ethics, showing strong character, loyalty, friendship and respect for fellow students, teachers, school district employees and themselves.

Over the years, there have been over a thousand recipients of this award and some are the parents, grandparents and relatives of the 2020 winners.

The winners for 2020 are as follows:

May/June Wellington Fire/EMS monthly newsletter released

Sumner Newscow report — The May/June 2020 Wellington Fire/EMS monthly newsletter was released this month by chief Tim Hay. Click here

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