Daily Archives: August 11, 2020

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School board approves reopening plan, new calendar… Superintendent says key to this year is flexibility

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School Board unanimously approved its reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year (see full plan here). The big theme at the moment: everything is subject to change.

In the ongoing ebb-and-flow that is the Coronavirus pandemic, the Wellington school staff is implementing an 84-page contingency plan that will look much like a food buffet  – filled with several options to best suit individual students and the USD 353 staff.

The board also approved the 2020-21 calendar with its delayed start of Sept. 8. The school day will have 15 minutes each day to make up for the lost hour of not starting in late August. School is scheduled to end on May 21 and all the vacations and in-service days will remain the same.

How those school hours will be used by the students and their teachers and administrators will be the tricky part.

Don’t miss this 2020 Grasshopper model at Oxford Saw and Mower

Washington Elementary receives Challenge Award – a top 100 Kansas school

Sumner Newscow report — Jim McNiece, Kansas State Board of Education Representative, attended Monday night’s Wellington School Board meeting to present Washington Elementary with the Challenge Award.

This award recognizes schools for outstanding achievements and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas math and reading assessment results and other qualifying factors, specifically the sample size, ethnicity and social-emotional status of those taking the test. Graduation rates for high schools and chronic absenteeism rates for middle and elementary schools are also factored in. The top 100 Kansas schools are selected for this honor each year.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, August 10, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, August 10, 2020

Sumner County Commissioner Minutes: August 3 and August 4, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the Sumner County Commissioner meeting minutes for August 3 and 4.

August 3, 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 was County Clerk Debra A. Norris, 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley and Rose Mary Sanders, Ranson Financial. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of July 27 and 28. 

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