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Health Ministries Still Looking To Open Halstead Clinic

Posted 4/16/2015

By Frederick Bader

 

HALSTEAD – One week after Newton Medical Center told the Independent that a Halstead medical clinic was looking unlikely in the near future, Matthew Schmidt of Health Ministries has said that he hopes to have a clinic opened by August of this year. “We are totally committed to this project and we have full intentions of moving forward,” Schmidt said.

The difference is that Schmidt’s vision for the clinic is that it will be operated by Health Ministries alone, not as a satellite campus of Newton Medical Center. However, they will partner with other organizations like Newton Medical Center and Prairie View to provide the best possible care for Halstead residents.

“As far as I’m concerned, the best way for Halstead to have high quality primary care is to open up a clinic in Halstead with Diane Steeves, who already practices in town,” Schmidt said. “We have a number of partnerships and collaborations with healthcare agencies and we will continue to have conversations with them, but the clinic in Halstead will ultimately be under the administration of Health Ministries Clinic. With this being said, we are constantly exploring opportunities to collaborate with other community partners.”

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Wagoner Selected As New HMS Principal

Posted 4/16/2015

By Frederick Bader

HALSTEAD – The USD 440 school board selected Amy Wagoner to be the new Halstead Middle School principal on Monday night.
Wagoner is currently the learning center director at Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK). She specializes in Common Core, MTSS, new teacher mentoring, leadership development, bullying prevention and many other important aspects of education.
“She has experience in the classroom and as an administrator,” superintendent Tom Alstrom said. “She brings a lot of pieces to the table that fit the needs of the district. She’s either a trainer or certified instructor in most of the initiatives we’re doing in the district.”
Wagoner was born in Hutchinson and grew up there. She received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education at Fort Hays State University and a Masters degree in Educational Administration (2001) and Theology (2011), both from Newman University.
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Write-In Heath Wins City Council Seat

Posted 4/16/2015

By Frederick Bader

BENTLEY – Nearly a week after the election ended, the City of Bentley finally knows who will be on the City Council for the next session.

Two events threw what should have been an ordinary election into chaos. First was the decision of City Council member Nicki Hix not to run for re-election, leaving just two candidates – Mona James and Deborah Kroulik – running for three open positions.

The second event was the number of write-in votes that poured in on Election Day. Rumors of a write-in push circulated in the community prior to the election.

There were 73 write-in votes, a higher total than Kroulik (50) and James (28) had mustered. The high number of votes also raised concerns, before the identity of the write-ins was confirmed, that two write-in candidates may have had a higher vote total than James.

The Sedgwick County Elections Office canvassed the write-in votes on Monday morning and returned the results to the city early Tuesday.

In the end, it was Lester Heath who came away with a city council seat and the second highest total number of votes from this year’s election, with 29. Also receiving write-in votes were Darren Woodson (17), Lorraine Martin (12), Vickie Harvey (8), William Black (2), Cody Clark (1) and Clint Pitts (1).

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With Voter Approval, Bond Issue Moves To Next Step

Posted 4/16/2015

By Frederick Bader

 

BURRTON – For Burrton schools superintendent Jeff Shearon, the coming months will be full of paperwork, meetings and consultations. And he couldn’t be happier about it.

Burrton voters went to the polls last Tuesday and passed the bond issue, 160-70. That vote gave Shearon and the USD 369 school board the green light to start making purchases and improving their schools.

“I’m very happy,” Shearon said. “It’s going to be a great improvement for our kids and our community.”

Going forward, Shearon said that he would receive a preliminary official statement on Wednesday, while the bond rating should come in on April 23. The bond rating will determine at what rate the school will have to pay the bond back. “It should be a pretty good rating,” Shearon said.

Next, at the regular school board meeting in May, Shearon will present the result of the bond offering to the board members. They will have to adopt a bond resolution and, pending some final paperwork, the issue should be closed by June 4.

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