New Weight Room Equipment Approved In USD 364 Board Meeting

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Marysville USD 364 school board met Wednesday, and reelected Sonya Stohs President and Chris Denner Vice President. No action was taken regarding special board meetings for budget publication or hearings, pending a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on school finance.

Jeff Dankenbring presented a report on the Bulldog Boosters, a volunteer organization which has raised $63,000, and returned $30,000 for requests. The board discussed feedback from a recent community meeting held regarding additional building improvements being considered with remaining bond funds issued for construction work that has come in significantly under budget.

Approval was given on a 6-2 vote for weight room equipment, at a cost of $52,750 with Degenhardt and Schotte voting no. A motion to spend $76,000 for scoreboards and video for the new gym was defeated 2-4, with Stohs, Degenhardt, Samuelson and Schotte voting no. The board did approve a $29,450 expenditure for a pair of scoreboards on a 4-2 vote, with Carpenter and Denner voting no.

Resignation of Rachel Bruna, Special Education teacher at Valley Heights was approved, subject to the district receiving $1,000 in liquidated damages, as per the negotiated agreement. Resignation of Paraprofessional Deb Blumer was accepted, and a contract was approved for Annamarie Wagner as 5th/6th grade reading teacher.

A special board meeting is scheduled this Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m. to consider approval of a food service policy, and personnel.

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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.