Next year's calendar for Great Bend USD 428 schools will be similar to this year's, but the winter break will be two days shorter and spring break will start a week later, Superintendent Brad Reed said.
Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is still looking for one more zookeeper. Meanwhile, she is excited about the experience and qualifications of new employees Liz Clark and Kate Beyersdorf.
Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A presentation recognized the college's long-standing partnership with St. Rose Health Center, which donated about $140,000 in equipment at the beginning of 2015. Items from the former Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose, went to the nursing, pharmacy tech and adult health-care programs.
Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school, was born in Missouri but spent some time in Kansas.
Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed said a proposal in the Kansas Legislature to consolidate more school districts would not save money but could hurt the quality of education in some districts. USD 428 representatives' recent trip to Topeka was discussed at Thursday's mid-month school board meeting.