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Superintendent encouraged by session, asks Legislature to comply with court order

With legislative committees returning to Topeka this week, Hutchinson USD 308 Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger hopes legislators approve a constitutional plan to meet the state’s obligations to the state’s students and taxpayers.

Dr. Kiblinger said Tuesday she hopes legislators will act swiftly to keep schools open. Thursday, legislative committees will begin meeting ahead of the special legislative session, which begins on June 23. Legislators, she said, will have a second opportunity to pass a school finance formula that is constitutional.

McFadden, Rodriguez crowned winter royalty

Winter Royalty 2016

Brady McFadden and Alex Rodriguez were crowned Salthawk winter royalty Friday (Feb. 5, 2016) during the Hutchinson High School vs. Maize basketball games.

Other king candidates included Lucas Dunbar, Jack Howard, Trace Manns, Marques Tafolla and Dominic Wesley. Other queen candidates included Connor Atkinson, Taja Casanova, Izzy Godinez, Julia Henry and Molly McKinney.

The final activity of homecoming week was a dance in the HHS Cafeteria after Friday’s games.

District Schools Recognized with Challenge Awards

Students in three USD 308 schools are being recognized for outstanding achievement in reading and math.

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named Graber, Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen as among the 99 schools in 34 Kansas public school districts as recipients of the 2015 Challenge Awards.

HHS Students Honored in Scholastic Art

Three Hutchinson High School students are being recognized in the 2016 Scholastic Art Awards Program.

Awards went to: 

•Gold Key: Julia Hardenburger, junior, sculpture named “Between Two Lungs There Was Release”
•Silver Key: Jessica Burgey, senior, painting named “Over Board”
•Honorable Mention: Devin Porting, senior, sculpture named “Sunning Seal”
Hardenburger and Burgey are students of Darren Morawitz while Porting is a student of Debra Ringler.