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USD 418 Teacher of the Year Announced

USD 418 announced the Teacher of the Year award winners, naming Sarah Razak was named the Elementary Teacher of the Year and Greg McGlynn was named Secondary Teacher of the Year. Razak teaches 4th grade at Washington Elementary School and McGlynn teaches Theatre I, II, Advanced Acting and Stage Craft Design I and II at McPherson High School. Other nominees for Teacher of the Year include: Marci Ruxlow: Kindergarten at Eisenhower Elementary School Brittney Jennings: Kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School Ashley McAllister: 5th Grade at Roosevelt Elementary School Sarah Hendricks: 6th and 7th Grade English/Language Arts at McPherson Middle School John

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USD 418 Visioning Groups continue work on Facility Improvement Plan

On Jan. 8, the McPherson USD 418 Visioning Groups met again to begin looking at renovation or new construction options for all district facilities.  These groups, composed of a cross-section of community members and educators, divided into small groups to review possible improvements, and work to put together several “package” options for further discussion.  

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Erica Shook Talks About Fact-Finding Process

Are you aware that McPherson teachers have been working all of this school year without a new contract?  The negotiations teams for the McPherson Education Association and the Board of Education have spent many hours working on this but have been unable to come to an agreement. Fact-finding is the final step in this process. A Fact Finder has been assigned to listen to both sides and make a non-binding ruling. 

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Still Deadlocked: What is Next for Teacher Negotiations

The McPherson School District is still at odds when it comes to teacher negotiations. A resolution just could not be gained out of the numerous meetings between the teachers and school board. A public hearing has been scheduled as the next step. In the bargaining process, the McPherson Education Association negotiates teacher contracts. The teachers have a team and the school board has a team, as well as a federal mediator.

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USD 418 School Board Meeting Recap Nov. 25

The USD 418 Board of Education held a regular meeting on Monday at the district central office. The board kicked off the meeting with a recognition of the State 5A Tennis Doubles Champions, Taylor Bruce and CeAnna Allen.  Last year, the duo finished fourth in the state. When asked what was different this year, Taylor responded, “Being my senior year, I knew it was my last chance. I just left it all out there. “

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