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Board Of Trustees Sponsors Day To Honor Albers

Posted 5/19/2016

For The Record

The Hesston Public Library Board of Trustees are sponsoring Thursday, May 19, at the library in honor of Director Libby Albers, who has completed her Master of Library Science degree through Emporia State University. 

 The Library Board developed the Day Sponsor idea in 2012 as a way of helping the library “go the extra mile.” The library’s tax revenues support day-to-day operations, but day sponsorships allow the library to go above and beyond in the areas of collections, programming and technology. 

Contact the library for more information if you would like to sponsor a day at the library.

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New Sports Complex Moving Forward Rec Raising Mill Rate

Posted 5/19/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Plans for a new recreation facility and community pool will be moving forward. 

Hesston residents will be seeing a slight tax increase as the USD 460 school board approved a 9.5 mill increase for the Hesston Recreation Commission - bringing the total recreation mill rate to 12.5 mills. 

With the passing of the mill increase, the legal publication can be found in this week’s Record, there will be a 30-day protest period, ending June 27. A protest petition with 147 signatures - five percent of the electorate in the school district - would trigger a public vote.

According to USD 460 Superintendent Ben Proctor, the mill increase will cover the entire cost of the project - estimated at $5.8 to $5.7 million. 

The mills, which are part of a 20-year financing plan through the Public Building Commission, will increase monthly taxes on a $100,000 home by $9.50.

“The 9.5 mills covers the whole cost of the project, without any fundraising, and it also covers maintenance costs.  If we didn’t get a dime, the 9.5 mills, for 20 years, covers a $5.8 million project,” said Proctor.

The three remaining mills are for general operations of the Recreation Commission

With the expedited timeline, board member Lane Frick commented the fundraising aspect of the project may be impeded.

The decision was made to move forward with the project using tax exempt bonds.  Using tax exempt bonds, Board President Zach Weaver said, eliminates the possibility for advertising and naming rights associated with the project.

“The fundraising piece is off the table because of legal ramifications,” said Weaver.

Proctor clarified fundraising for the project was acceptable, however naming rights and recognition of specific donors for major contributions was illegal. 

“If we went to taxable bonds, which allow naming rights, it would put the increase in millage over 11 for the project, which would push the total mill increase over 14. The likelihood of a protest increases significantly if we don’t stay under 10 mills for the project,” he said.

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Country Village Residents React To Possible Sale

Posted 5/19/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Residents at Country Village said they learned of the City’s proposal to purchase the trailer court not from the city or their landlord, but from reading The Hesston Record and speaking with neighbors.

“I have heard that they wanted to, and then they changed their mind.  This sounds pretty serious though.  We’ve lived here since 2009 and own our home. We can’t afford to have it moved. There a lot of trailers that can’t be moved. It’s cheap living and we are on a set income,” said Melody Bobbitt who lives in a home with her husband, Ed.

The couple said many residents, like them, are on fixed incomes or disability.

“We don’t have enough to get another place,” said Ed.  

A new resident, Bevin Kessler, lives with his father who works on a farm just outside of Goessel. 

“My dad and I just got through moving here. We own our trailer. It’s kind of nice living here, but I can’t afford to live anywhere else. I’d hate to see that happen,” he said.

Resident Michelle McJimsey had just purchased her home outright in September and now faces an uncertain future.

“If we have to move, I guess we will. We finally found a place - of course we have to go.  We are trying to improve things so we can buy a home again.  Rent here isn’t a lot, and its hard to find a place that isn’t $600-$700 a month,” she said.

The appeal of the community was in its safety and strong industrial base, said McJimsey, who has a son who is able to walk to work at Excel Industries.

“I have twin boys and I was hoping to give this place to them so they can get started and get on their feet if they go to work or go to Hesston College. We have a big family. I have two sons at home and a daughter with a medical condition and a foster. We liked it here because it’s not Newton and some of the non-sense there,” she said.

McJimsey said she and her family members were not unaware of the challenges facing Country Village, but did not feel residents should be caught in the middle of the city and their landlord. 

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Class Of '16 Goes Traditional Route After Graduation

Posted 5/19/2016

By Jackie Nelson

The Class of 2016 shows a major shift in graduates’ plans for the fall with the clear majority -  66.1 percent - of students continuing their education at four-year colleges and universities.

 In a dramatic shift from the class of 2015, students graduating in 2016 moved away from two-year state colleges, with the choice to attend two-year schools dropping from 20.9 percent in 2015 to 11.9 percent for 2016 grads. 

Men and women split fairly equally in plans to attend four-year colleges. However, women edged out men 13 to 9 in attending four year public universities while men outnumbered women 10 to nine in attending private four-year colleges.

All three students moving on to trade schools were male, while the undecided student and the student entering the workforce were both female.  The trend was a major break from the class of 2015, which had 17.9 percent of graduates going to trade schools, work or enlisting in the military.  Only 10.2 percent of students are not moving on to traditional higher education.

Private two-year college enrollment has leveled off with 8.5 percent of 2016 graduates attending.  With less than 7 percent of 2014 and 2015 graduates choosing private two-year schools, they have decreased in popularity with Hesston High grads. In 2013, 10 percent of graduates attended a two-year private college; 16 percent in 2012 and 25 percent in 2011.

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