Melissa Shuman

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Grant to introduce students to engineering
January 18, 2007
The word “yaw” may be jargon to anyone outside the aircraft industry, but next year De Soto USD 232 middle school students will know what it means.
Race assured for USD 232 board position
January 18, 2007
There will be at least one race for the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education with the filing last week of De Soto resident Tim Blankenship for Position 1. Position 1 is comprised of De Soto and Lexington Township and is currently represented by Rick Walker, who has filed for re-election.
Report shows pro-bond forces outspent opponents 2-to-1
January 11, 2007
Financial reports filed with the Johnson County Election Office show supporters spent more than twice that of those against the proposed $105.7 million USD 232 school bond before the November referendum.
Mother of three makes time for basketball, volunteering
January 11, 2007
Tammy Stallbaumer plans to attend a lot of basketball games this year. With boys in three of De Soto’s schools, Stallbaumer will go to games for De Soto High School, Lexington Trails Middle School and even her Mize Elementary School first-grader.
Incumbents to seek re-election to board
January 11, 2007
Sandy Thierer wasn’t sure she wanted to file for De Soto USD 232 Board of Education again until she talked to fellow board member Randy Johnson. “He informed me that he is targeting my position — in fact, it was that conversation that made me decide. I really was up in the air about whether I was going to run again,” she said.
Sides spend $8,600 in De Soto USD 232 bond referendum
January 11, 2007
Financial reports filed with the Johnson County Election Office show supporters spent more than twice that of those against the proposed $105.7 million USD 232 school bond before the November referendum.
District sets priorities for legislative session
January 11, 2007
The Kansas Legislature opened its 2007 session Monday, and local school districts are already explaining what they need from this year’s session.
Starside Elementary reading teacher earns national certification
January 4, 2007
Christi Eaton first fell in love with reading as a child. “My mom read to me every morning for several hours,” she said. “I just developed an internal love of reading. It’s such an important skill to have.” Eaton learned earlier this month she had earned a National Board Teaching Certificate, joining the long list of Starside Elementary School reading specialists with accolades.
Program delivers food, friendship
January 4, 2007
Archie and Sally Bedford are a welcome sight to many of De Soto’s homebound seniors. The couple visits about 10 homes each Monday to bring Meals on Wheels to elderly citizens in need.
State funding key to all-day kindergarten
January 4, 2007
At nearly 3 years of age, Rachel Mallozzi can’t wait to go to school. Her first day at Starside Elementary School could be all-day or half-day, depending on what the Kansas Legislature decides over the next few years. The school currently has the traditional half-day kindergarten for all but a select few students considered “at risk” by the state.

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