Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

December 20, 2007

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 2002

At a special De Soto USD 232 Board of Education meeting, William Majors of the Kansas Association of School Boards laid out an aggressive schedule for the district's search for a replacement for superintendent Marilyn Layman.

There were many superintendent vacancies in the state, many at districts that would attract the same internal and external candidates as De Soto, therefore the board decided to act quickly.

At that meeting, the Board agreed to consider internal candidates for the position first. Those candidates were given a Dec. 20 deadline to apply.

The board decided the names of internal candidates applying for the position would not be made public.

¢ Navy Seaman Meshel L. Keating-Tate, graduated from Basic Cryptologic Technician Communication Class "A" School while serving at Naval Technical Training Center Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla.

Keating-Tate graduated from De Soto High School in 1993.

¢ The USD 232 Board of Education gave the De Soto City Council something to think about as it prepared to craft a bond issue for a new swimming pool.

Board members said the offer to provide the city land for a swimming pool was still on the table. The offer would give the city the option of building an outdoor pool at the site and adding an indoor facility in the future.

Two years before, a pool committee established by the De Soto Park Commission first proposed an indoor/outdoor pool complex in partnership with the school district. The concept was dropped in October after a study indicated it would be too expensive for the city to build and maintain.

Board member Sandra Thierer asked the Board to reconfirm the offer because the city of De Soto was ready to move ahead with a bond issue to build a pool. If the pool was not built adjacent to the high school, the school district and the city would lose the opportunity to benefit from the later construction of an indoor pool at the high school.

25 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 1982

The De Soto City Council met with officials from Water District No. 6 to discuss participation of the two entities in installing a water line on Kill Creek Road. No decision was made, but both parties agreed to meet at a future date to discuss the matter further.

¢ The De Soto Wildcat basketball team continued its undefeated season at Eudora by beating the Cardinals 67-59.

¢ Mike Hyatt, Gardner, won a Winchester 120 in the Boy Scouts gun raffle. The Scouts netted $319 in the fundraiser.

31 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 1976

Seventh-grader John Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Scott, was a grand-prize winner of $5,000 from radio station KCMO. He correctly decoded a CB message on the Dan Donovan Mystery Code Show, answered another question and won.

¢ Cindy Jones and Jack Nichols were named queen and king at the De Soto High School carnival. The event featured a talent show, amusement and refreshment booths. Approximately $1,000 was raised by the clubs and groups that participated in the event.

54 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 1953

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Scott purchased the newly completed house north of the De Soto United Methodist Church.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Reynolds celebrated their golden anniversary.

¢ Mr. and Mrs. Jack Shakelford and baby spent time with Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Smith.

¢ The OSM Pinochle Club met with the F.F. Scotts and C.C. Atkinsons at Memorial Hall. Prizes were won by Ruth Hiddleston, Janette De Boever and L.R. Penner.

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