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District moving to unified ELA curriculum

Each grade school in Great Bend USD 428 has its own approach when it comes to teaching reading, but that will change next year, Assistant Superintendent John Popp said.

December 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fake news

There's nothing new about fake news, but it is a growing problem now that people are turning to social media for their information.

December 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


Merry Christmas from Barton's CSO

The Community Service Organization (CSO) at Barton Community College raised more than $600 worth of gifts and gift cards for Barton students for Christmas through member donations. Pictured are just a few of the members who participated in the event.

December 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | News


Madrigal greetings

Dressed in red and black formal attire, the Madrigals from Great Bend High School sang at Wednesday's Kiwanis Club meeting, with a second performance planned in the evening. Vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said the choir has been singing once or twice a day of late.

December 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Exiting Supt. gets extra $90k

Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicles bids go to local dealers

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of four vehicles on Tuesday, opting for the lowest bids submitted by from Barton County venders.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed granted leave of absence

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed resigns

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement/resignation was accepted by the school board on Monday. Although the retirement officially starts at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the board also named Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton as the interim superintendent, effectively immediately.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building projected tabled

At the Nov. 14 school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed had an architect show the board two proposed building projects that could cost more than $2 million: A new bus barn/maintenance building constructed next to the District Education Center on Patton Road, and a remodeling of the Center itself. Payment for the projects would come from capital outlay funds and would be accomplished with no tax increases, he stressed.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Public invited to join Christmas Bird Count

The public is invited to participate in the national Christmas Bird Count events at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher helped choking student

Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Karen Smith will receive a ROSE Award from the school board on Monday for helping a student who was choking.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chapman appeal on docket

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on a Barton County man's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction. Jeffrey Wade Chapman was convicted of murdering 25-year-old Damon Galyardt in 2011.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 personnel discussions continue

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education held a quick meeting Thursday evening to discuss personnel matters. It was the second special meeting this week and in both cases the board called for executive sessions that were closed to the public. The Kansas Open Meetings Act allows non-elected personnel to be discussed in executive session in order to protect the privacy of persons being discussed.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crisis to crisis

The Kansas Legislature will be less conservative in 2017 and perhaps some of Gov. Sam Brownback's initiatives can be scaled back a bit.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Christmas past

Live music, refreshments and a glimpse into rural life and holiday traditions from days gone by can be enjoyed this Sunday, Dec. 11 during the Barton County Historical Society's annual Ghosts of Christmas Past open house.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Bid awarded for Field House HVAC

A Garden City firm, Tantro Plumbing, was awarded the contract for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning renovation at the Great Bend High School Field ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College sees big savings with Canvas system

A new learning management system for online courses at Barton Community College will cost at least $300,000 less than the current system while providing ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees mull new weapons policy

Officials at Barton Community College are preparing for a change in Kansas law that will allow people to carry concealed handguns into buildings on campus ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC addresses poor nursing scores

A report on how Barton Community College instills "Work Preparedness" in students shows only 44 percent of last year's nursing students passed the state ...

April 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KS Supreme Court denies appeal for Miller

The Kansas Supreme Court has denied LaVeta Miller's request for a review of her convictions for stealing money earmarked for Honor Flights for U ...

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge to plea to 2016 burglaries

In 2016, Kerry Partridge Jr. allegedly broke into several homes and sheds in Barton County, taking guns, tools and more.

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at ...

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report highlights administrative projects

Software purchases at Barton Community College used to represent major expenses requiring the approval of the Board of Trustees. Nowadays, the cost of software has ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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