Exploring the past/De Soto history
5 years ago
FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS
De Soto USD 232 surveyed more than 300 patrons following the failed bond issue in May to learn what patrons would support in a future bond issue and those they would not. The Board of Education made several changes to the construction plan and bond proposal for the November ballot:
-- Eliminated a fourth new elementary school from the bond issue. It did not eliminate the future need for the facility but simply postponed the funding to a future bond issue.
-- A joint venture with the 3&2 Association eliminated the cost of land for softball and baseball fields. The 3&2 Association would lease the land to the district for $1 per year for 99 years. The district would construct the fields, bleachers, restrooms and concessions, fencing, lights, parking and access. The 3&2 Association would provide maintenance and cover the cost of utilities.
-- The survey showed patrons did not support a central district activity center. De Soto patrons wanted to continue to play home football games at the De Soto Stadium. Mill Valley students and parents wanted a "home" field with adequate bleachers and a sound system for their football team. The District Activity Center was dropped from the current bond proposal and bleachers and a press box for Mill Valley were added at a cost not to exceed $675,000.
-- Other items in the $91.2 million bond issue remained. Costs varied slightly because of the delay in planned construction timetables and bond interest.
- Mill Valley's 22-6 win wrapped up a playoff berth for the Jaguars as either a district champion or district runner-up. It set up a district championship match against Eudora, who was also 2-0 in district play.
40 years ago
From THE DE SOTO NEWS
Lexington Grange in cooperation with the De Soto Rotary Club had repainted the signs at either end of town. The original signs were a Grange project several years before.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kenny left for Syracuse, N.Y., to attend National Grange.
- Deaths reported for the week included John Albertin, 65, and Walter Reid, 82.
50 years ago
from THE DE SOTO NEWS
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Schellack visited the John Davisons in Bolivar.
- Mrs. Edwin Abels, wife of a former principal, was elected president of the National Daughters of the American Revolution.