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Margaret Marino Awarded a Classroom Grant

Submitted photo.


Manhattan, KS — Ms. Margaret Marino, K-2 Math and Reading Special Education Instructor, Winfield Scott Elementary School, USD 234, Fort Scott, was recently awarded a $500 Classroom Grant by the Kansas Association of American Educators (KANAAE), a non-union professional educators’ association serving Kansas educators.  Ms. Marino will be using the grant to purchase supplies to supplement the Orton Gillingham training she attended this past summer!


“KANAAE is thrilled to be able to provide funding to purchase needed materials and supplies for Margaret’s classroom,” said Garry Sigle, KANAAE executive director.  “As a professional association we are committed to helping educator’s purchase items through our scholarship and grant program they may not otherwise be able to obtain.  We know it’s the students who ultimately benefit.”


The winners of the KANAAE Teacher Scholarships and Classroom Grants are selected by a committee of their peers from across Kansas.  All educators are encouraged to apply.


KANAAE is an affordable, non-union professional education association that provides teacher scholarships and classroom grants exclusively for Kansas educators twice a year.  The grants can help pay for a variety of materials for the classroom and scholarships can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses including tuition, books, conferences, and workshops. The next application deadline is March 1, 2023.  For more information visit


Shop and Support the FSHS Swim Team at Fall Extravaganza

A shopper looks over wares of a vendor at a prior Fall Extravaganza. Submitted photo.

The season of craft and small business vendor sales is in full swing.

Monday November 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Fort Scott Middle School will be the annual Fall Extravaganza, a 40-plus craft/vendor fair.

Fort Scott Middle School, 1105 E. 12th.

Madeline Martin, Fort Scott High School Counselor and swim coach,  is organizing the event this year.

“We took it over from (Fort Scott Middle School Teacher) Stephanie George and the VIP’s (organization) at the middle school,” Martin said. “Stephanie knew that the swim team was looking for more fundraising opportunities so she reached out to us asking we were interested in organizing it for this year.”

“The purpose of this event is to continue the holiday shopping tradition,” Martin said. “This has been a popular event in the community for over 10 years and we want to keep this tradition going. We have 40+ vendors that are joining us this year and we are super excited.”

“The swim team hopes that the funds raised through this event will help us purchase swim parkas for each participant as well as help offset costs for the year,” she said.

The FSHS Swim Team will be selling a pulled pork dinner also as a fundraiser.

The vendors scheduled to set up are:

KNM Clay
One of a Kind Wood Creations
TSM Creations & Decor
Amy Maxwell
Better in Bourbon
Jessee Cox
Maria Whitson
Arbonne- Lindsay Hill
TFI Family Services
Donna Jo Beerbower
Mary Kay- Lauren Hardwick
Mmm Flavor Shop
Our Little Village
Redbud Farms & Nurseries
Desert Bloom
Gentry Warren Art
Twigs & Berries
Anita Moore
Sugar Bakery/Walker’s Bakery
WellSpring Acres Alpaca Farm
SOS Grad Party
Grazing Fort Scott
Perry’s Porkrinds
FSHS Industrial Arts
The Sister’s Oven
Tin Man Alley
JP Custom Leather
Tiiger Threads
Be-You-tiful Designs
The Lavender Patch Farm
Locust HIll Lamachas
Micki Kraft
Sunshine Boutique
Buckin A’ Ranch
Wilbur Fleming
Funky Junktiques
Paparazzi Jewelry & Norwex- Brenda Hunter
The Purse Lady
Happy Little Candle Factory
Tupperware- Shawn O’Brien
Sassy’s Grandmas Stencils
Bids & Dibs/ Angie Dawns

About the swim team:

The Fort Scott High School boys swim team had their first season in the winter of 2019. The girls swim started the spring of 2020, but their season was cancelled because of the COVID 19 Pandemic.
“This past year we grew as a team and added some members through a cooperative agreement with area schools,” Martin said. “Last year the boys team took 3rd in the league and Bobby Kemmerer went to state where he brought home two medals for the two events he swam. The boys have also sent one other swimmer, Oliver Witt, to state in the past.”
“Girls season last year hit a huge goal of winning the league and Fort Scott sent their first female swimmer, Avery Stewart, to state. Along the way we have had swimmers from Frontenac, Pittsburg, Chanute, Northeast-Arma, Humboldt, and this year we are adding St. Mary’s Colgan and Uniontown to our girls team. I love that Fort Scott is setting a standard of providing kids the opportunity to compete in a sport that they love.”
“This year, for boys season, we have three young men joining us from Pittsburg  and four young men joining us from Frontenac,” she said. “Girls season we have individual swimmers joining us from Arma, Uniontown, Humboldt, and Colgan. We will have a few girls join us from Frontenac and Pittsburg as well.”
They drive each day to the Pittsburg YMCA to practice.
“Our swimmers are very dedicated and our out-of-town kids drive up to an hour just to get to practice each day,” she said. “I am looking forward to another successful season and for Fort Scott to continue to make a big splash in the SEK and in our League.”

Notice of Gathering of the USD 234 Board Members On Nov. 16

Submitted by Gina Shelton, Board Clerk, USD 234


Notice of Gathering     Wednesday, November 16, 2022

5:30 p.m.

Bourbon County REDI Visioning Session

Liberty Theater


There may be a majority of USD 234 Board Members present at the Bourbon County REDI Visioning Session to be held at the Liberty Theater, 113 S Main, Fort Scott, Kansas, on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.  Even though a majority may be present, no school district business will be conducted.


Press Release from U234

Unified School District 234

424 South Main

Fort Scott, KS 66701-2697

620-223-0800   Fax 620-223-2760



DESTRY BROWN                                                                                                                                      Superintendent                                                                                                                                            



Monday, November 14, 2022


Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022, for their regular monthly meeting at the board office.


President Danny Brown opened the meeting.


The board approved the official agenda, and the consent agenda as follows:


  • Minutes from October 10, 2022, Board of Education meeting
  • Financials – Cash Flow Report
  • Check Register
  • Payroll – October 20, 2022 – $1,572,916.54
  • Activity Fund accounts
  • Parent/Teacher Conference Statistics
    • FSPC – 92%, Winfield Scott – 94%, Eugene Ware – 89%, FSMS – 56%, FSHS – 63%


Scott Kimble, Fort Scott High School Principal, introduced Anna Laubenstein, a senior at FSHS, who provided an update on the varsity Cinematography Challenge at the 4-State Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting Film Festival in Springfield, Missouri.  Anna, along with FSHS students Lily Brown, Elena Robison, and Zaida Gomez, all competed in the festival with 30 other schools. In total, eleven students from FSHS were able to attend.  The students shared information with the board on the competition and the Digital Media program at the high school that they are a part of.


Terry Sercer, CPA, with Diehl, Banwart, Bolton CPAs, P.A., presented the financial audit for 2021-22 year.  There were no violations.


Superintendent Destry Brown noted that the final Visioning Session hosted by Bourbon County REDI will be Wednesday, November 16th at 5:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater.  Mr. Brown discussed the district’s preschool expansion project to take place at the old Mercy Hospital and how the current location on Judson will then be utilized for an elementary school specific for behaviors.  Mr. Brown updated the board on the delivery and installation of the air purifiers purchased with KDHE grant funds.  Superintendent Brown closed with discussing the “40 Developmental Assets” that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible and how these are things our community can take part in to support our students.


Assistant Superintendent Dalaina Smith thanked the board and community for their support of PLC time.  Mrs. Smith discussed conversations happening regarding attendance at PLC conferences or whether that training should be held in-house.  Mrs. Smith provided an update on the cases purchased to protect student technology devices and the Science adoption that will come to the board for approval in March.


Gina Shelton, Finance Director, reported on the workers compensation renewal, federal funds, open enrollment for employee benefits, and staff retirements.


The board received an update on District Communications from Superintendent Brown.


The board approved the following items:

  • ESSER III Budget – information, including the budget can be found on the USD 234 website.
  • Contract with Benchmark Inc. for a full-time project management service for the roof replacement project in the amount of $178,000.
  • Resolution to join Kansas Municipal Investment Pool and investment of funds into the KMIP for 180-days, with an interest rate of 3.96%.
  • Acceptance of quote from City State Bank for a 90-day CD, with an interest rate of 3.13% with revaluation in 90 days.
  • RPS Benefits by Design, Inc Consulting Agreement for health insurance broker services.
  • Premium Rate Schedule for 2022-23.
  • District Benefit Committee Recommendation with no increase to health insurance premiums, increase in Wellness Stipend to $350.00, and change in accident/cancer policy options.
  • Personnel Report – following


The board went into an executive session for personnel matters and the superintendent evaluation process.


President Danny Brown adjourned the meeting.






  • Amy Lybarger – Early retirement as Eugene Ware third grade teacher, effective at the end of the 2022-23 school year
  • Chris Sather – Early retirement as Winfield Scott physical education teacher, effective at the end of the 2022-23 school year
  • Rachel Patton – Resignation as Eugene Ware paraprofessional, effective Oct. 19, 2022
  • Kaylie Harper – Resignation as Winfield Scott paraprofessional, effective Oct. 26, 2022
  • Elizabeth Rose – Resignation as FSHS paraprofessional, effective Nov. 11, 2022
  • Amaiya Terry – Resignation as FSHS paraprofessional, effective Nov. 11, 2022
  • Bethany Higgins – Eugene Ware teacher, leave of absence
  • Andi Heckman – FSPC teacher, leave of absence
  • Francis Torres – Winfield Scott paraprofessional, leave of absence


  • Brad Wright – Central Office HVAC Maintenance
  • Kathryn Harrington – FSMS paraprofessional
  • Robert West – Eugene Ware/FSPC custodian
  • Belinda Pitts – FSHS paraprofessional
  • Billi Jo Shoemaker – Winfield Scott 7.5-hour paraprofessional
  • Amanda Jamison – Winfield Scot 7.5-hour paraprofessional
  • FSHS newspaper sponsor change from Brian Pommier to Bethany Anderson for the second semester
  • Langdon Giddens – Tech Department paid intern
  • Sara Schnichels – FSMS paraprofessional
  • John Metcalf – FSHS assistant wrestling coach
  • Colin Downey – FSHS assistant freshman boys basketball coach

USD 234 Preschool Screening

Unified School District 234
424 south Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701-2697
520-223-0800 Fax 620-223-27 60
DESTRY BROWN, Superintendent

November 15,2022

USD 234 will provide preschool screenings for children up to the age of5 years on December 2,2022. Children may have vision, hearing, speech/communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened.
The purpose of the screenings is to locate and identify children with
possible developmental delays who may need special education preschool and/or related services.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling Tammy Catron, Fort Scott Preschool Center,223-8965, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The deadline for scheduling an appointment is November 22,

U234 Board of Education Agenda for Nov. 14


NOVEMBER 14, 2022 – 5:30 P.M.



1.0            Call Meeting to Order


2.0       Flag Salute


3.0       Approval of the Official Agenda (Action Item


4.0       Approval of the Consent Agenda (Action Item)


            4.1       Minutes from October 10, 2022, Board of Education Meeting

            4.2       Financials-Cash Flow Report

            4.3       Check Register

            4.4       Payroll – October 20, 2022 – $1,572,916.54

            4.5       Activity Fund accounts

            4.6       Parent/Teacher Conference Statistics

4.7       Orchestra Extended Trip Application


5.0       Student Recognition – Anna Laubenstein


6.0       Leadership Reports (Information/Discussion)


            6.1       Fort Scott KNEA Report

            6.2       Superintendent’s Report

            6.3       Assistant Superintendent’s Report

            6.4       Finance Director’s Report


7.0       Old Business


            7.1       Communications Update

7.2       ESSER III Budget Approval (Action Item)


8.0       New Business

8.1       Proposal for full-time construction services for the roof replacement proje


8.2       State of Kansas Municipal Investment Pool Resolution

8.3       RPS Benefits By Design, Inc. Consulting Agreement

            8.4       Premium Rate Schedule

8.5       District Health Insurance Recommendation


9.0       Public Forum

10.0     Other Business – Personnel Matters

10.1     Enter Executive Session – Personnel Matters (Action Item)

10.2     Exit Executive Session

10.3     Approval of Personnel Report (Action Item)


11.0     Adjourn Meeting

Veteran’s Day “Mobile” Parade


Who: Thompson-Harkey American Legions Riders Post #25

What: School Parade drive by

When: November 11, 2022, at 9 a.m.

Where: Memorial Hall, 1 East Third Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Parade will drive by the USD234 Preschool, Winfield Scott Elementary School, Fort Scott High School, Eugene Ware Elementary School, and end at the Fort Scott National Cemetery prior to the Veteran’s Day Ceremony.



The more participants, the better.


Media Contact: Tom Metcalf, Jr. American Legion Riders Post #25, Director. 620-224-7951, [email protected]


FSHS Band Receives Superior Rating in Neewolah Parade

The Fort Scott Band earned a 1-rating this past weekend, marching in the Neewollah Parade in Independence, KS.

“Thirty-four students were in the parade,” Justin Robinson, FSHS Band Director said. “And two middle school students were carrying the banner.

” The scale is 1-5, with top indicating a superior rating, ” he said. They will receive a plaque for this rating.

FSHS Band participated in the Neewollah Grand Parade on Saturday, October 29th.  “This is the first parade, we will plan on doing the Fort Scott Christmas Parade”(on Dec. 1), he said.

“There were a total of 32 bands that participated in the parade this year and a total of 123 entries in the parade, Robinson said.

The band works approximately fours hours a week on playing their musical instruments and marching.

“We meet 45 minutes a day,” he said. “We go to the auxiliary gym if it’s raining. But we go out and hit the streets of Fort Scott when we can.”

The band also plays all the high school home games.

This is Justin Robinson’s second year as the band director.

Justin Robison and wife Angela Robinson, who helps out with the drumline. Submitted photo.


FSHS Theatre Performs Addams Family School Edition for Fall Musical


The Fort Scott High School Theatre program performs Addams Family School Edition at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 10 and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 at FSHS.


Theatrical Rights Worldwide says The Addams Family is “a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family… and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family–a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before–keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.”


Students playing the Addams Family members include newcomer Junie Fisher, a freshman, as Wednesday; junior Casey Gomez as Gomez; sophomore Emma Guns as Morticia; senior Luke Majors as Fester; junior Regen Wells as Pugsley; junior Jaedyn Lewis as Grandma; and junior Jonah Wilterding as Lurch. The Beineke family includes senior Jackson Elton as Mal, senior Karen Primeaux as Alice, and Junior Jericho Jones playing the boyfriend – Lucas. A full ensemble of ghostly ancestors round out the 23-member cast. Another fifteen students serve as crew members for the production.


Cast member Casey Gomez knew he wanted the part of Gomez all along, after all, his name made it his destiny to play the role! He says, “Being in The Addams Family is great! I just love it because the songs are super fun and the jokes are hilarious.”


The Addams Family is directed by FSHS Theatre Director Angie Bin and Music Director Sarah Dunivan, Winfield Scott Elementary Music Instructor. Eugene Ware teacher Abby Stepps is the Choreographer and FSCC student Christina King serves as Technical Director.


Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and children. Tickets are reserved seating and available at Tickets may be available to purchase at the door if any remain. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.


The musical is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and Orchestrations by Larry Hochman. It is produced with special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the America. Suite 640, New York, NY 10036,

U234: Today Is Last Day To Let Your Views Be Known On The Survey

Just a reminder that the Communication Surveys we have open for our community will close at 4:30 today!

Tiger Families and Community:

A goal of our District is to provide better communication. Please help us do this by completing the following surveys.

·         Click HERE for Parent/Guardian Survey

·         Click HERE for Community Survey

Survey will close on October 26th at 4:30 p.m. If you would prefer to fill out a written survey, a paper copy may be picked up at the Board Office at 424 S Main or you may call and we will take the survey over the phone at 620-223-0800.

Submitted by Gina Shelton, USD234 Board Clerk

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