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Prairie View, Jayhawk-Linn, and Pleasanton STUDENT COUNCILS PRESENT . . .

DAIRYLAND DONKEY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 

FOR CHARITY

 (all money raised will be donated to Linn County Concern)

Advanced tickets $6 each or $8 at the gate - Preschool and under are Free

Advanced tickets are available for purchase from a student council member or from a local vendor until April 29:

Mound City

La Cygne

Pleasanton

Jayhawk Inn

F&M Bank

Concern

Labette Bank

First Option Bank

Linn County News

Elementary/High School

Labette Bank

Saturday, April 30 - 7:00pm – Prairie View High School Gym

Game #1 – Pleasanton Team vs. Linn County School Staff Team

Game #2 – Prairie View Team vs. Jayhawk-Linn Team

Game #3 – Championship (Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2)

Come watch Linn County students and teachers play basketball . . . while riding a DONKEY!!!

    The USD 344 Blu-Jay School District is conducting a project to prioritize the needs of our aging facilities. We began with a needs assessment and evaluation conducted by the District Board of Education, the District Administration, and the expertise of the Hollis and Miller Company. Hollis and Miller Company is the longest continuously practicing architecture firm in the Kansas City area, specializing in developing master plans for schools nationwide, including several other districts in our area.
    This project started with the school board and district superintendent looking at our 50+ year old buildings. We realized that we need to do some things to get our facilities through another 50 years, as well as ensuring they can accommodate the growth that we are already experiencing in our grade school. The potential is that our district will soon reach the largest enrollment we have had in the last 25 years. 
    We are planning for that growth and determining how we can renovate the existing buildings to make them more attractive, secure and energy efficient. Last month we spent about $10,000 on electricity alone! We visited an elementary school in our area that is much more efficient and has a monthly electricity bill of around $600. Although we can’t guarantee to reach that level, we know that improving energy efficiency in our schools can save thousands of dollars every month. 
    The USD 344 Board of Education has voted to take the next step which is a proposed bond issue seeking voter approval to enact the necessary improvements. Several factors make this the right time to move ahead with this project:


• The bond issue will be partially funded by the Kansas Department of Education. 
o 39% of the total cost of the bond project will be paid by the state department. 
o Local taxpayers will pay only 61% of the total cost to improve our facilities.
• Interest rates are now at an all-time low.
• We currently have the lowest mil levy of all area school districts.
• We are the only school district in Linn County with no current bonded indebtedness.
• We have kept patron and student fees low.
o The average lunch price for a high school student in Kansas is $2.56. Ours is $1.90, saving students 66 cents per day over the average district. 
o We are the only school district that I am aware of that has no enrollment fees.

    The school board’s interest is to continue to operate our schools as economically as possible. We realize that the time has come to reinvest in our facilities. We want to keep them in excellent shape for our kids and grandkids. With that said, we will have a meeting on January 10th at 1:00 pm in the commons area. During that time I will talk about specific parts of the project and answer any questions you might have. I would also like to offer the opportunity for folks to go on a tour of the facilities and we can walk and talk about the changes and updates that would take place. I hope you can join us!

    If you have any questions about this please contact us.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Travis Laver
Superintendent USD 344



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Blu Jay Letter Jackets and Memory Banners are now available to buy!  

Please contact the high school office for details or visit NEFF to order online using the information below:
School name: Pleasanton High School
Password: 066190

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