Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews late Friday afternoon rejected the petition filed to recall all the members of the USD 428 School Board, noting problems with the filing itself and because the allegations made were legally insufficient to warrant such action.
The Barton County Historical Museum and Village will conduct its annual Orientation Meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Village south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281. The meeting is for anyone in Barton County who seeks information about volunteer service at the museum. This meeting will help volunteers, new or returning, to become acquainted with life at the Village and to learn more about the new happenings and the many new displays at the museum, said Karen Naylor, volunteer coordinator.
The Family and Schools Together (FAST) program in Great Bend brings families back to school for evening meetings that include meals, activities and prizes. On Thursday, the school board approved several contributions, including $1,400 so Park Elementary can purchase 10 tables.
The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education approved two major purchases Thursday for its One-To-One technology initiative. These purchases will allow the district to issue a Chromebook mobile laptop computer to every student in grades 2-12 this fall.
Preliminary hearings for three men charged with first-degree murder and other felonies concluded Thursday morning in Barton County District Court, but Magistrate Judge Don Alvord won't make a ruling until later this month.
A petition was filed with the Barton County Attorney's Office Thursday afternoon seeking the recall of all seven Unified School District 428 Board members. It asserts there was misconduct on the Board's part in its response to the alleged sexual assault that occurred on a district bus as it returned from a boys swim meet in Manhattan Feb. 6.
Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips joked with county commissioners Monday morning about the mild winter. He had predicted 100 inches of snow, a prediction that was fortunately off target.