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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Learning center relocates off MHS campus

  • The McPherson County Learning Center has moved off the McPherson High School campus and is relocating to 906 E. Kansas Ave.
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  • The McPherson County Learning Center has moved off the McPherson High School campus and is relocating to 906 E. Kansas Ave.
    In a letter to the district, ESSDDACK Learning Center Director Terri Peckham said the move was intended to increase visibility within the community. The building was tucked behind the high school buildings, and the move aims to reach more adults and students who need the center’s services.
    During Monday’s USD 418 Board of Education meeting, Chris Ruder said the center had been on the high school campus for three to four years, and full-time enrollment has dropped recently.
    The learning center will continue to offer the same services to all USD 418 students, including credit recovery, summer school and learning opportunities for adult students.
    In other news:
    n Jeff Johnson was elected president and Brad Berg was elected vice president of the board.
    n Jill Holtberg and Jeanette Decker were recognized for their volunteer work in running a math summer school at Lincoln Elementary School. About 20 elementary students attended several times a week.
    n The board approved the low bid from Midwest Transit for $60,466 a used bus.
    The board discussed the funding for a C3 Career Coordinator. This person would work to establish locations for job shadowing and internships for students. It was thought a grant would be given to fund this position, but that possibility fell through. The item was for discussion only.will make it a lot easier on us to make a new start.”
    That new start, she said, began with the Circles of McPherson County program. A coworker, who also is a Habitat for Humanity homeowner, recommended she participate in Circles, which helps families out of poverty. It also pointed her to the Habitat program.
    “We’re just really excited it’s coming together, and we have this opportunity to help,” Angela said, adding she anticipates paying it forward. “I’m really grateful and appreciative of Marquette and McPherson. I think it’s a perfect place for us, and I’m glad we’re here.”
    Wally Bunk of Marquette is on the board for the McPherson area Habitat for Humanity. His participation in the organization is part of the reason Marquette was considered for a build location.
    Bunk said he already can tell the Marquette and surrounding communities will be supportive of this build. For example, a larger turnout came for the groundbreaking ceremony in June, and a number of churches already have signed up to help with food, drinks and labor.
    “I think it’s really, really terrific,” he said. “I’ve become a believer in habitat. Of all the things I’m involved in, that’s my favorite thing to do. Wherever they build, I would urge the community to get behind it. It’s a very worthwhile organization. There’s a tremendous need for that.”
    Page 2 of 2 - It also benefits the Marquette community by filling a new development on the west side of town, and keeping students in the school system.
    “Marquette, like all small towns, is trying to be really aggressive in not only bringing people to the community, but keeping people in the community. That’s the challenge every small town has,” said Fred Bohnenblust, another board member of the McPherson area Habitat for Humanity. “It’s a great plus for the community to be able to retain that family and also provide for them a decent, affordable house to live in.”
    If all goes as planned, the family will relocate to their new, 3-bedroom, ranch-style home in November. Blitz week, where area residents volunteer to construct the framework of the home, will be July 22-27. To help, contact 620-241-0886 for more information.
    Bohnenblust is glad to help another family.
    “She’s worked really hard at this,” he said of Angela. “She’s shown just this real desire to improve herself and her family’s situation. This will be a great improvement for her.
    “It’s just part of our mission, that we feel like everyone should have a decent and affordable place to live. That’s what we’re helping her get into.”
    Contact Jenae Pauls at jpauls@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter @PaulsSentinel
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