Canton-Galva approves  bond issue
Congratulations to the Canton-Galva school district.
Voters approved a $8.55 million bond issue on Tuesday with a vote of 354 to 220.
The bond issue will allow the district to consolidate its three schools into two.
This will reduce the need for teachers to commute between schools and save the district an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 annually in operating costs.
This move will help insure the health of the district into the future.

Eighth-grade students conduct job fair
Eighth-grade students at McPherson Middle School conducted a job fair Monday for sixth-grade students.
They did research on professions they found interesting and then created websites to display what they had learned.
The project was the brainchild of teacher Katherine Hughes. The students built valuable communication skills, and the job fair gave them a practical outlet for those skills.

Community  Foundation awards grants
The McPherson Community Foundation recently awarded $20,000 in grants to 12 area charitable agencies for projects focused on the health and well-being of children in McPherson County. Funds for the grants were made possible by the Kansas Health Foundation’s Children’s Fund administered by the Community Foundation.
The agencies included Ag in the Classroom; Kids in Christ’s Kingdom) at Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg; Building a Bookshelf; Lose the Training Wheels, Disability Supports of the Great Plains; Summer Reading Program at Lindsborg Community Library; Art Educational Programming for the Youth of McPherson County, McPherson Arts Council and Visual Arts Alliance of McPherson Inc.; 4-H School Enrichment Program; Play Therapy, McPherson Family Life Center; McPherson Middle School field trips; McPherson Special Olympics; Children’s Summer Day Camp for Developmentally Disabled, Multi Community Diversified Services; Scholarships for the Lindsborg YMCA Children’s Center.

Foundation seeks Safe Route funds
The McPherson Healthcare Foundation, led by Chad Clark, is seeking grant funds from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program. The program helps develop sidewalks in residential areas so students can safely walk to school.
With childhood obesity and diabetes rates skyrocketing, this is an important move to keep our children fit.
The McPherson City Commission endorsed the application Monday.
This is the second time, the community has applied for Safe Route funds. The first time, the application was rejected.
Cross your fingers that we are successful this go-around.

Thumbs  sideway
A little money for schools now, but big cuts
in future feared
The Kansas Legislature bolstered school budgets with an increase of $40 million for the next fiscal year.
However, those gains may be short-lived due to a bill that would implement deep tax cuts during the next six years.
These income tax cuts are estimated to leave the state with a $2.5 billion  budget shortfall by July 2018.
McPherson Superintendent Randy Watson estimates these budget shortfalls could mean slashed budgets and layoffs in the McPherson district as soon as the 2013-14 school year.
Gov. Brownback has promised the tax cuts will lead to economic prosperity; however, we ask, “at what price?”