USD 108 School Board Meets; Considers 8-Man Football


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Resignation of Washington County grades 4-12 Principal Carol Whisman was accepted by the school board at their recent meeting. The board agreed to begin a search for a K-6 principal/elementary counselor, and a grade 7-12 principal/curriculum coordinator.

Concerns with adding, and funding an additional position were discussed, particularly in light of steady or declining enrollment numbers. Retirement resignation of music teacher Gay Lynn Manning was also accepted.

In addition, at the recent USD 108 school board meeting, a handout was distributed by Athletic Director Scott Romeiser outlining potential consideration of Washington County moving to an eight-man football program. The possibility is in response to an expected turnout of just 17 players in 2017, and 18 in 2018. After that, participation numbers strike upward again.

A request for the change could be made for a two-year cycle.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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