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Congratulations to Holly Swearingen, Student of the Week for April 21-25!

Holly Swearingen

Holly is a sophomore in the animal science class at the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center.  She is the daughter of Becky and Rocky Swearingen.  Here are a few things about Holly:

Favorite subject: Animal science

Favorite book: Copper Sun

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Hero: My dad

What are your future plans?  Become a psychiatrist

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The student of the week is sponsored by State Farm Agent Keith Nowland. Contact Keith for your Insurance and Financial Planning Service needs. 785-542-3276.

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Jesse OwenNew Eudora Head Coach Jesse Owen

Eudora News and Informationwww.eudorareporter.com

In a 6-0 unanimous decision, the Eudora School Board hired Olathe North Assistant Coach Jesse Owen as their next Head Football Coach. Five of the board members were present and Board Member Joe Hurla participated in the meeting via phone.  Board Member Mark Chrislip was not in attendance.

Owen will replace Kevin Kopecky who coached a single season in Eudora and lead the team to a 5-4 season and missed the playoffs.

The move was made with some dissent by a group of parents and students who strongly supported current Assistant Coach Phil Katzenmeier.  Approximately 35 students and parents showed up to the board meeting to make known that they were in support of Katzenmeier for the job.

Added to the agenda just prior to the meeting, two students were allowed to present their position for hiring Katzenmeier as the head coach.  Sophomores Matthew Buchhorn and Trevor Neis each rose to support Katzenmeier’s promotion to the head job.

“I understand that there are times when it is the right thing to do to hire someone from out of district like when there are no other qualified personnel in the district to fill the position, but this is not the case” Buchhorn said. “Coach Katzenmeier has proved his ability and dedication to the school district and the players by his many coaching positions and in classrooms around the district.”

Neis also spoke favorably of Katzenmeier and his long association with the School District.

“Being at school for so many years, he (Katzenmeier) has created a bond between him and the player that is very important for a team,” Neis said. “Players know him and he knows the players.”

School Board President Eric Votaw did commend the students that rose to speak in favor of Katzenmeier and all those that reached out to the Board and District officials over the decision.  Votaw noted that “your voice had been heard.”

The Board then spent 45 minutes in executive session to wrestle with the issue. For comparison, a decision to hire an elementary music school instructor took all of five minutes in executive session.  The discussions that took place during these sessions are private and the public is not allowed to listen or know what precisely was said in the meetings. After the executive session, the board returned to the room to announce the hiring of Owen.

While Owen did not wish to comment on the record following the meeting, his current boss and Head Coach of the Olathe North High School team Gene Weir who also attended the meeting did talk about losing Owen to Eudora.

“This is a big loss for us,” Weir said. “I am happy to support our people and I think the Eudora School Board made a great decision in hiring Jesse.”

Eudora High School Principal G.A. Buie was excited to have Owen joining the EHS staff.

“He’s got a great passion for the kids and he has the desire to win a championship,” Buie told us.

On the topic of hiring Owen over Katzenmeier, Buie said that there was some stiff competition and many factors were weighed.

“Phil is an awesome individual, but this was a very competitive choice,” Buie said. “We had three or four Sunflower League coaches want this job and we were very fortunate to get Jesse.”  The Sunflower league is home to 12 6A schools from the Shawnee Mission, Olathe, Lawrence and Leavenworth School Districts.

Votaw in a one-on-one interview said he would not discuss the decision on one candidate over another, but stated that Owen came highly recommended.

“He was an outstanding player and coach, he’s passionate and he’s extremely well prepared. On top of that he’s a strong teacher as well,” Votaw said.

Votaw did not directly answer how much influence the showing by the students and parents had in the discussions by the board, but said he was excited to see the passion of the players, students and parents. Several board members all commented that they appreciated that the communication about the matter was always respectful and fair.

“I was about to say that we have a bunch of good kids here but that’s not true,” Board Member Mike Kelso said. “We have a bunch of good young adults here.”

We also talked to Neis following the decision by the board.

“I have nothing against the new coach. He seems like a real good coach and I am looking forward to working hard for him.  I am hoping he can lead us to a winning season.”

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Jesse OwenOlathe North assistant Jesse Owen reportedly will be the next Head Coach of Eudora High

Eudora News and Informationwww.eudorareporter.com

810varsity.com is reporting that they have multiple sources saying the next head football coach in Eudora will be Olathe North Assistant Coach Jesse Owen.

The Eudora School Board has called for a special board meeting at 6:30 PM Monday night.  The only item on the agenda is an executive session to discuss personnel.  As is standard policy for the School District, officials declined to name any personnel involved in the discussion prior to that board meeting.  Any personnel discussions are handled during executive session which is closed to the public.  We have been told that Assistant Principal and Activities Director Cara Kimberlin will be available following the special School Board meeting.

If Owen is the next coach of the Eudora High football team, he will bring a good pedigree with him. Owen graduated in 1997 from Olathe North and played on the 1996 state championship squad. Following his graduation from Pittsburg State University, he returned to Olathe North where he has served under one of the dean’s of Kansas City high school football coaching Gene Weir.

Owen currently serves as varsity secondary and special teams coach on the Olathe North staff. He has been at Olathe North for over a decade.

The new football coach will replace Kevin Kopecky who served as Eudora Head Coach for a single season and resigned in March.

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Nancy and Gary Scott with the pocket library they built

Eudora News and Information ~ www.eudorareporter.com

If you think Eudora’s public library at 9th & Elm is small, you should see the one over on Mulberry Ct. Not much bigger than a large mailbox, it only holds about 25 books  It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The miniature library, known as a “pocket library,” is located in the front yard of Gary & Nancy Scott, 1305 Mulberry Ct.  The idea of small, accessible libraries is part of a national community movement called Little Free Library.  The project in our area began about two years ago when the Lawrence Public Library had to have a number of mature trees removed to make way for renovations.  The wood from those trees was made into 25 pocket libraries, and one of those made it to Eudora.

The Scotts had to build the miniature library themselves, but they did it as a group with other interested people and with the help of KU professors Matthew Burke and Mark Jakubauskas.  Participants were provided with wood that had to be cleaned, sanded and prepared.  They were able to create their own designs, so each little library is unique.  Each builder made a $100 donation to Friends of the Library, and then they could take their creation home or donate it to be auctioned off to raise additional library funds.

Children’s books fill the pocket library in the Scotts’ yard, though they may add other kinds of books later.

“I was a teacher for over 30 years,” said Nancy.  “I have lots of children’s books.  This is for the kids.  Lots of kids walk by here.  We just want them to know about it and use it.”

The library functions on an honor system so there is no check out procedures.  Books can be taken, read and returned at any time.  Gary and Nancy tucked a note inside each book with their names and address and with this message:  “We are glad you visited our ‘Little Free Library.’  You may take a book or two to read.  Please return when you are finished so that others may enjoy them, too.  This ‘Little Free Library’ was made from trees cut down at Lawrence Public Library.”

To learn more about the pocket library movement, visit http://news.ku.edu/2014/02/27/pocket-library-project-works-make-books-and-art-accessible.

 

 

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The new Eudora Farmers' Market logo designed by EHS senior Hannah Penrose

The new Eudora Farmers’ Market logo designed by EHS senior Hannah Penrose

Eudora News and Information ~ www.eudorareporter.com

The students in Noah Musser’s Graphic Design 1 course at EHS took on a fun challenge this spring: to design a new logo for Eudora’s Farmers’ Market.  Each student in the class, which is part of the ED-TEC curriculum at the school, submitted a design as part of the assignment.  To prepare for the assignment each of the ten students had to research and critique several existing logos of farmers’ markets across the U.S.  They were required to turn in both a black and white as well as a color design.  They used the computer as a design tool, utilizing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

Each of the logos was unique and creative, making a difficult decision for the Eudora Farmers’ Market representatives to choose just one.  But the unanimous favorite was the bright and cheery logo with sunflowers and veggies created by senior Hannah Penrose.

The representatives of the Eudora Farmers’ Market would like to thank instructor Noah Musser and all of his students for taking on this project.  Job well done!

 

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