USD 380 Building Upgrades Question Soundly Defeated

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An $8.25 million bond issue for USD 380 school district building upgrades and improvements at Frankfort and Centralia was soundly defeated by voters in a special election Tuesday.

Some 73% of nearly 1,000 district patrons turned down the issue, with 263 in favor, and 698 against. A total of 961 ballots were cast, with 45% of Marshall County registered voters turning out, and 53% in Nemaha County.

The question is expected to advance to the November ballot as officials indicated early on that if it did not pass, it would be reconsidered. Again, the special bond issue for Frankfort/Centralia school building improvements was defeated Tuesday by a nearly 3:1 margin, with 698 voting no, and 263 for the question.

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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.