Days Gone By
The Eudora USD 491 Board of Education approved a contract with the De Soto district to run the schools' five programs together without help from the consortium, which ran the Millcreek Center in Olathe, where Eudora and De Soto students had attended.
De Soto's Countryside Learning Center offers agriculture and graphics programs, while Eudora's center, at the former middle school building downtown, offers culinary arts, auto collision repair and health career sciences.
The most obvious benefit for the schools will be the cost savings. Eudora USD 491 Superintendent Marty Kobza said the program cost Eudora about $5,700 per student last year, but next year the district expects to spend just $3,600 per student.
"We will not be profiting from this in any way, shape or form," Kobza said. "But we do want to break even."
Moreover, he said the district would have ultimate authority over the Eudora Technical Education Consortium, as well as rights to property, such as printing presses, even if De Soto leaves the program.
By taking over the programs, the classes will become full-time, offered in both morning and afternoon sessions. If Eudora and De Soto can't fill their 50 purchased slots, Eudora and then De Soto will alternate opportunities to sell those slots to other districts.
Outside districts sending students to the two sites will be responsible for providing transportation to the students and for any special education services needed. Other districts will also be charged a $200 administrative fee.
With increased involvement in vocational education, Kobza said he thought school patrons might wonder whether the district had shifted its focus from a college-preparatory curriculum.
• Bill and Beverly Edwards, Eudora, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception in the Regency Room at the Lawrence Holidome. Marilyn and Pat Parker and family were hosts.
Bill Edwards and Beverly Broers married Feb. 18, 1954, in Eudora.
Bill retired from TRW-Camco, an oil well cable company. Beverly retired from Eudora Unified School District No. 491 after 27 years.
From the Eudora News
After a lengthy discussion, the USD 491 Board of Education tabled action on technology purchases for Nottingham Elementary School until its March meeting, when both the technology and curriculum director could be present.
At issue was the cost of the purchase — more than $135,000 — and the use the equipment would get at the district’s kindergarten through third-grade building. The proposed purchases included 48 computers for staff members and 25 for a new computer lab.
• Seniors Jaime Ziesenis and Kenan Staples were crowned the 1997 Winter Sports king and queen during halftime of the Eudora-Osawatomie basketball game. Brian Katzfey and Shelby Edmonds helped with the coronation.
• Jotham Andrews and Joe Miller both won league titles during the Frontier League tournament in Baldwin City.
• Nottingham Elementary School first-grader Jordan Katzfey was the grand prize winner in the 1997 severe weather poster contest, sponsored by the Douglas County Emergency Management office. There were 608 entries.
From the Eudora News
Eudora High School principal Dean Brown announced his resignation to accept a new position as principal at Osawatomie Unified School District No. 367. Brown had worked in the Eudora school district four years.
• The Eudora Girl Scouts sold about 1,500 boxes of cookies. Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 613 sold 603 boxes and ranked top in total troop sales. Jennifer Anderson was awarded a Girl Scout knife for selling the most cookies in her troop. Janette Slifer received a flashlight for selling 105 boxes, and Shawnua Lawson sold 62 boxes. She received a charm bracelet.
Vickie Brynds topped the sales list with a total of 100 boxes sold for Cadette Troop No. 633. High sellers for the Junior Troop No. 707 were Susan Musick and Sandra Neustifter with 83 and 65 boxes, respectively.
• Sheri Pilgreen, Eudora, took the oath of membership into the Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota (Teacher’s Sorority).
• A saddle, two bridles, a halter and lead rope were taken from sheds at the Dave Taylor residence, near the east edge of town. The items were valued at $800.
• Eudora High School senior wrestler Don Durkin placed fourth in the 155-pound division at the regional wrestling tournament in Douglass. Durkin was the first Eudora wrestler to qualify for the state wrestling competition in Colby.
• Eight 16-ounce bottles of 7-Up were 89 cents at Howard’s Super Saver. A two-pound can of Folger’s coffee was $1.49. Shurfine salt was seven cents, and Morton dinners were two for 99 cents.
From the Eudora Enterprise
The mercury dropped to 30 degrees below zero. The cold weather didn’t stop Mrs. Josiah Bailey’s 28 hens from laying.
• Fred Ott of Kaw Valley lost 30 to 40 hogs to cholera.
• George Bowman, Kaw Valley, had two horses, two harnesses and a wagon stolen.
• Charles Schroeder was quite ill with the grip and threatened with pneumonia.
• J.W. Ozias was serving with the 20th Kansas in the Philippines. He wrote to the News, “Private Albert Snyder is well and a good soldier. He has always been willing to admit that he is from Eudora.”
• Hesper Academy organized a “Martha Washington Tea.” The hostesses wore white caps and kerchiefs.
From the Eudora Weekly News