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USD 308 staff begins 2018-19 school year

The nearly 900 Hutchinson Public Schools staff members formally began the 2018-19 school year with the annual opening convocation Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

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Davis winners Cami Burkhart, Heather Hirt,
Megan Yoder, Erica Henion, Diana Wilson

Several educators were honored during the event. The Davis Foundation made its annual Teachers of the Year Awards. The elementary winners were Cami Burkhart, McCandless teacher, and Heather Hirt, Head Start teacher.

The middle school winner was Megan Yoder at Hutchinson Middle School – 7.

The high school winners were Erica Henion, HHS science teacher, and retired HHS teacher Diana Wilson.

Students need up-to-date vaccinations

            Kansas’ law requires students to be vaccinated for a variety of childhood diseases prior to attending school each year. Many of these are timed prior to pre-school and kindergarten while another group of vaccinations have to be taken prior to seventh grade. More complete information is available at http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/download/Immunization_Requirements_for_the_2018-2019_School_Year_Cheat_Sheet.pdf.

            Enrollment is not completed in USD 308 until proof of vaccinations is provided, therefore students will not be able to attend classes. Families also may provide proof of a medical or religious exemption in lieu of the vaccinations, but state regulation requires the exemptions to be filed annually.

District receives major gift from local contractor

Strawn Contracting logoWhen this year’s kindergarten class enrolls in Building Trades at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy for their senior year in 2029-30, they’ll know where that year’s home is being built.

It will be built in the same addition as where the 2017-18 home was built.

Thanks to a generous gift from a local contractor, Jim Strawn of Strawn Contracting, the district will be able to construct the next 12 years of Building Trades homes in the Oxford Point addition, said Travis Riebel, HCTEA director. Strawn has donated five lots to the district, which the Board of Education accepted and formally thanked the contractor on Monday.

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