Rotary Club Members Kent Erb, Tom Williams and Kim Manring from Newton Rotary presented a check to Dr. Hamm for $4,164.27 at the August 25, 2014 Board of Education meeting. This money was raised at the Birdies Against Bullying golf tournament held in July and will go towards anti-bullying training in USD 373 schools.
The Citizens State Bank participated in the Newton USD #373 “Welcome Back to School Event” on Monday, August 11th at the Newton High School. Over 700 district staff members participated in the event that kicked off the 2014-2015 school year. The Citizens State Bank conducted a drawing for two mini IPADS. The winners of the IPADS were Tena Savage and Michelle Lown.
The Citizens State Bank has branches in Newton, Moundridge, Hesston, Canton, Goessel and also operates Home State Bank in McPherson. For more information please visit: www.thecsb.com.
-From the Kansas Department of Education.
TOPEKA – The National Association of State Directors for Pupil Transportation Services recently released the results of its annual survey of illegal passing of school buses. Kansas was one of 29 states to participate in a one-day survey of school bus drivers who were asked to report the number of times motorists passed school buses illegally. More than 97,000 school bus drivers reported a combined total of 75,966 vehicles passed their buses in a single day. Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results point to more than 13 million violations by private motorists.
In Kansas, 2,221 school bus drivers reported a total of 798 instances of motorists illegally passing school buses in a single day. “With schools back in session and kids getting on and off buses, it is even more critical for drivers to slow down, be vigilant and follow the law,” said Keith Dreiling, Kansas State Department of Education School Bus Safety Director. “Motorists should never pass a school bus with its stop sign engaged and lights flashing. It only takes a split second to make a bad decision that could change lives forever.”
School bus drivers activate the warning lights (amber lights) prior to activating the red flashing lights and stop arm, allowing drivers time to slow down and stop. Drivers are not to proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the flashing red lights and the stop signal arm are no longer actuated. The public should be aware that anytime they see a school bus with its warning system activated they are in close proximity of school children. Under Kansas statute (K.S.A. 8-1556) drivers who choose to disregard school bus warning systems may be subject to a $315 fine plus court costs, which range from $108-$110.
2014 survey results are available at: http://www.ksde.org/Agency/FiscalandAdministrativeServices/SchoolFinance/SchoolBusSafety/SchoolBusSafetyIllegalPassingInfromation.aspx.
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The Newton USD 373 Wellness Committee is encouraging all parents to complete a short survey that will help the committee increase awareness of better health choices within the school community.
To complete the 6 question survey, please go to
Newton USD 373 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Persons having inquiries concerning the District’s non-discrimination policies and compliance therewith may contact the school district’s Compliance Coordinator at 308 E. 1st St., Newton, Kansas, 67114-3846, or call 316-284-6200.