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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.

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.

HHS remains Class 6A

HHS remains a Class 6A school in all sports and activities in this morning's KSHSAA classification update. Class 6A is the largest school classification in Kansas.

HHS has 1,096 students for football (KSHSAA only counts freshmen through juniors) and is the fourth smallest school in the 32-school Class 6A. Football is done every other year and was updated in 2017 for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

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