Linn School Patrons Discuss Football Program; Gym Construction


By Bruce Dierking – KNDY News

Patrons of the Linn School attended a recent public meeting to gauge support for and consider options for the high school football program. This season has been scheduled, and coaches expect a dozen players, but smaller size classes are coming up.

Merging with Washington County appeared the most feasible alternative, as opposed to dropping the program, or continuing with limited numbers, which could force forfeits of games if enough players are not available. The outcome was going to students with a survey of interest, which will be considered at the August board meeting. It was noted that class sizes could increase down the road, and new lights, scoreboard, and bleachers have been installed following storm damage. An agreement merging the districts Jr. High football program with Washington County begins this fall.

Superintendent John Whetzel used the meeting to discuss alternatives for construction of a new gym, to replace the structure destroyed by a tornado this summer. Many suggested a larger, competition size complex with expanded commons areas that could be used to host tournaments, perhaps serving multi purposes. That option, and other suggestions will be considered as architects determine cost estimates, which may be discussed at the next board meeting.

Repair work continues at the Linn School, including roofing on the ag shop and science building and should be largely complete when classes resume this month.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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