Mill Valley News

Board of Education reviews playground vendors and policy changes

Board of Education reviews playground vendors and policy changes

John Lehan, JagWire reporter/photographer

February 6, 2019


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The Board of Education approved ABCreative inc. for upcoming elementary school playground renovation. Additionally, junior Madelyn Hodes and senior Alicia Ratzloff of the GSA proposed a non-discrimination policy change, which the board will vote on next month. The board also recognized staff members on Monday, Feb. 4. All elementar...

The district non-discrimination policy lacks protections for LBGTQ students

The district non-discrimination policy lacks protections for LBGTQ students

Sam Hanson and Steven Curto

December 13, 2018


Filed under GENDER, Special coverage

Like many other school districts in Kansas, USD 232 has a nondiscrimination policy which outlines what protections students and staff have under law. These include “not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex, religion, or disability in its programs, activities or emp...

District implements new security features as part of safety initiative

District implements new security features as part of safety initiative

Ally Nguyen, Tanner Smith, and John Lehan

November 16, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The district budgeted over $2 million to implement new security measures after the passing of the USD232 bond. The most recently implemented measures are a door security system and the installation of magnets on every door within the building. Additionally, in compliance with new state standards, schoo...

Board of Education focuses on new security improvements during their October meeting

Board of Education focuses on new security improvements during their October meeting

Tanner Smith, JagWire reporter/photographer

October 2, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The Board of Education reconfirmed its commitment to school security by continuing to implement the new front door security locks by Tuesday, Oct. 16. Students may also notice changes to the district’s substance abuse policies and continued work from the board on the bond that was passed earlier...

District announces suicide prevention initiative

District announces suicide prevention initiative

Steven Curto, JagWire A&E editor

September 18, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

After seeing a dramatic increase in teen suicides this past spring, the six Johnson County superintendents wanted to combat the growing issue. Together they came up with the ‘Enough is Enough’ initiative, a concerted effort to decrease teen suicide rates. "[The other superintendents and I] meet ...

Upcoming bond issue enables district renovation

Upcoming bond issue enables district renovation

Elizabeth Joseph, JagWire reporter

March 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Voters in the community will soon have the opportunity to approve or reject a bond for the De Soto school district. A bond, which provides funding for large capital projects, has the potential to pave the way for renovations on the school, as well as the rest of the district. The bond can also fund a...

Plans introduced to address lack of public education funding incite discussion, negotiation

Plans introduced to address lack of public education funding incite discussion, negotiation

Abby Layton and Nora Lucas

April 7, 2017


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

With the recent ruling by the state Supreme Court that unanimously declared the lack of funding towards public education unconstitutional, teachers and administrators alike are discussing the best way to solve the funding issue. Several plans have been recently introduced to address this issue, including a...

District holds community engagement meetings

District holds community engagement meetings

Jakob Twigg and Nora Lucas

December 10, 2016


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

In an effort to involve district and community input, the district has begun to hold meetings to help initiate discussion about district improvement. Early this fall, the district arranged three community engagement meetings to gather input concerning what the district should improve on, from technol...

District changes proposed at community meeting

District changes proposed at community meeting

Jakob Twigg, Mill Valley News reporter

October 8, 2016


Filed under NEWS

District superintendent Frank Harwood led the second of three community engagement meetings on Thursday, Oct. 6, in order to help formulate goals for the next few years. At the beginning of the night, Harwood explained how these meetings would be used to facilitate new ideas and help provide positive...

Annual convocation boosts excitement for nearing school year

Annual convocation boosts excitement for nearing school year

Tricia Drumm and Joe McClain

August 12, 2016


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

Teachers and employees districtwide gathered at Mill Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 10 for the annual convocation that begins each school year. Chatter filled the gymnasium as the winners of door prizes were announced, and the district members laughed at the staff-made video before the convocation. The pa...

New superintendent Frank Harwood looks to continue district success

New superintendent Frank Harwood looks to continue district success

Tori Aerni, JagWire editor-in-chief

April 15, 2016


Filed under NEWS

What has been your impression of the district so far? My impression of the district has always been very positive. I taught in Perry-Lecompton High School which used to be in the same league as De Soto and Mill Valley, so I’ve known about the district for a long time ... I’m really excited to get s...

District offers superintendent position to Frank Harwood

District offers superintendent position to Frank Harwood

Tori Aerni, JagWire editor-in-chief

March 8, 2016


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The Board of Education extended an offer of appointment for superintendent to Frank Harwood, current Bellevue, Nebraska, Public Schools superintendent, at the board meeting on Monday, March 7, 13 months after former superintendent Dr. Doug Sumner announced his resignation. The vote was unanimous among th...

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