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Folks hired to lead district


Mike Folks

The USD 308 Board of Education Monday hired Mike Folks to be the next superintendent for Hutchinson Public Schools.

Folks is the district's 33rd superintendent in its 147-year history. He will begin his new job on July 1 and replaces Gary Price, who has been superintendent for the past two years. Price is on his second tenure in the district and did not desire the position on a long-term basis.

The district’s new leader has been superintendent for Clay County Schools, based in Clay Center, since July 1, 2005. Clay County Schools has high schools in Clay Center and Wakefield in north central Kansas. Prior to that, he was superintendent at Central Heights USD 288 in Richmond, Kan.

HHS debaters place in Class 6A State

Congratulation to the Hutchinson High School debate team of junior Seamus Wamsley and sophomore Kian Williams on ending their debate season in the sweet 16 of the Class 6A KSHSAA Two-Speaker State Debate Championship Tournament held in Garden City High School this weekend. 

District ‘wraps’ district vehicles

Gary Price and early van wrappers

Each day, district vehicles drive anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of miles in Hutchinson and surrounding areas.

District Superintendent Gary Price realized USD 308 may have been forgoing simple – and free – advertising for the district. He approached local businesses, including Good Vibrations, about what it would take and the costs.

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