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January 22nd, 2022
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District to discuss CTE equipment purchases

usd 480 logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


The USD 480 school board will have a full agenda to take on at its next meeting Monday evening starting at 6:30. The meeting will be in Room C107 in the Liberal High School East Campus.

Up first for the board will be a request for the purchase of CTE equipment. 

“These supplies are approved for use in our CTE classes, specifically the journalism, digital media, and photo imaging classes,” the agenda information noted. “Students will utilize the cameras and lenses to learn the basics of photography (shutter speed, exposure, ISO), photo editing, and creating media with photos.  We are down to three working cameras with enrollments in these classes being at more than 200 students.  The new lenses are updated with today's technology, allowing increased shutter speeds and the ability to take higher quality indoor or athletics photos.”

Up next for the board will be discussion of the purchase of copiers. 

“USD 480 has three copiers that will  exceed the 2 million mark.  The quote received from Southern Office is a Sourcewell contract (National Bid) allowed by KS Statute 12-2903.  The price per copier is $11,275 for a 75-page per minute copier with finisher,” the agenda information noted. “The copier at Seymour Rogers Middle School, currently at the 1,965,000 mark, is needing service calls at least once a week. Another copier at Seymour Rogers Middle School, currently at the 1,780,000 mark, will exceed the 2 million mark by the end of the school year. The copier at LHS, currently at the 1,980,244 mark, will exceed the 2 million mark by the end of the school year. The plan will be to order all three copiers at this time and replace the copier needing service every week as soon as the copiers are shipped and the other two copier will be replaced at the end of the school year.  Southern Office will hold the two copiers until the end of the school year.”


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Lady Redskins down Cougars

EARL WATT • Leader & Times


The Lady Redskins advanced in the winners bracket of the Salina Invitational Tournament with a first-round win over Salina South, 46-22.

The Lady Redskin offense was slowed down in the first half including just a seven-point second quarter, but Liberal coach Brandi Fowler said before heading to Salina that she expected her defense to travel, and it did. The Lady Redskins only allowed 12 first-half points and led 19-12.

Liberal’s offense started to pick up the pace in the second half and started to pull away. The Lady Red defense only allowed 10 points in the second half while the offense added 27.

Ashley Carrillo had a slow start and only scored three pints in the first half, but she heated up in the second half with 10 points including a pair of third quarter three pointers to lead the team with 13.

Bree Hoyrna reached double digits with 10 points in the win.

The Lady Redskins played shorthanded with Rylie Hallman missing the game with a sprained ankle.


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Decades after Dr. King, Black History and Black Futures merit more conversation

SAINTS PERSPECTIVE, Rachel Coleman, SCCC Director of Public Relations


When my children — now young adults — were growing up, our observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was almost cursory. We popped our mini-documentary about King’s life and the civil rights movement into the VCR machine and watched the black-and-white images together. The narrative was interspersed with commentary by my husband, who is just old enough to carry his own personal memories of that tumultuous period in history. 

It seemed, back in the late 1990s, more symbolic than relevant. 

It seemed that way because we, a mixed-race, bicultural couple, viewed the prospects of our children with a vivid optimism fueled by love. 

Even so, it seemed important to do our due diligence. 

That was clear when, in turn, our three mixed-race kids announced they weren’t so keen on identifying as Black, outright rejecting the term. At the time, I flirted briefly with the notion that maybe they were right. Hadn’t we, as a nation, outgrown such labels? Maybe we were truly “past all that.” My husband held his peace, perhaps hoping my perceptions would hold true. 

Nearly 30 years later, we all laugh about those assumptions — and the laughter is a little painful. 

True: My three mixed-race children are perceived as, and move through the world as, Black.