School DistrictThe District Office Cardinal head in it’s old location on 10th Street. (photo by John Schulz, Managing Editor

Eudora News and

Most kids (and probably several teachers) think of summer as a nice vacation away from the daily grind of reading, writing and arithmetic.  But for leadership of the school district, they begin right after classes get out preparing for the new school year. This is when the district implements many new changes and the Eudora School District has been especially busy this summer.

One of the major projects the School District embarked upon was moving the District’s Administrative offices from the location on 10th Street to a remodeled portion of the old West Elementary School.  District officials completed the move from the old building to the new one on June 28.

Superintendent Don Grosdidier told the Board of Education last night how the new offices provide less fumes, wider hallways and a much brighter work area for the staff.

The  location on 10th Street was used not only for administration offices, it served as the service garage for school buses and district vehicles.  According to District staff, anytime buses were pulled into or out of the shop, exhaust fumes would permeate the building.

The Cardinal head that was previously located on 10th Street has also been moved to the West Elementary location as well.  West now houses the District staff and a portion of West Elementary is currently being rented out to the Southeast Kansas Education Service Greenbush which operates a resource center in the building for school districts and state agencies in Kansas to assist those entities with alternative education programs.

The District has also added the benefit of allowing parents to pay school fees and lunches with an online payment system. This will allow parents to use credit and debit cards to pay fees and lunches without having to worry about sending money with the students to school or having cash in their pocket as they drop them off in the morning.  The cost of each transaction is $2.  Parents will learn more about the system during the Cardinal Craze enrollment fair which will be held on Thursday, Aug. 1 and again on Tuesday Aug. 6.

Personnel changes are also something that occurs during the summer.

The biggest change came at the head of the Board of Education. At last night’s Board meeting, Eric Votaw was named the new Board President.  Joe Pyle, the Past President of the governing body, moved into the Vice-President’s role.

And while we could not possibly take time to list every district person to change roles this summer, some of the more interesting changes were in coaching jobs at the various sports. We hope you brought your scorecard for this one.  We are providing a list we compiled over the last few Board meetings. We attempted to list all the sports here along with the new coaches previous job/location where known (listed in parentheses).

Football – EHS

Kevin Kopecky – Head Coach (Leavenworth HS/St. Thomas Aquinas)
Mark Elston  – Asst. Coach (Head Coach Tonganoxie – 11 years)
Chris Durkin – Asst. Coach (Parsons Asst. – 2 years)
Jace Stewart – Asst. Coach (EMS Head Coach)
Football – EMS –
Lee Minton – Head Coach (4 year EMS Asst)
Jacob Lang – Asst. Coach (EMS Girls BB Asst)
Soccer –
Resigned: EHS Head Coach Erryn Kindle
Hired: Emily Gloshen – Head Coach (EHS Asst Coach 2 seasons)
Baseball  EHS – Jerald VanRheen resigned.  No replacement named
Track –
Resigned: Joe Pickett EHS Asst. Coach.
Jace Stewart EHS Asst. Coach (EMS Head Coach)
Justin Mayer EHS Asst Coach (EMS Asst)
Boys EMS Coach Bob Sailler
Girls EMS Asst. Coach  Jacob Lang
Girls EMS Adriane Lang Asst Coach
Jessica Sadler EHS Asst Coach (2011 KU Grad)

Okay got all that?

If there is anyone who was missed on the list, we apologize.  We researched the Board records to find the list of names spread out over two or three board meetings and verified the list with EHS Assistant Principal and Activities Director Cara Kimberlin. (A tip of the hat to her for her assistance.)

Now, after all that work, I think we are headed to the pool.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer kids. School starts again for most students on Aug. 15….4 weeks from next Thursday.

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