The Allen County Regional Hospital board of trustees took on a series of housekeeping issues at this week’s meeting. The Iola Register reports that the board is preparing to give a job performance evaluation to CEO Tony Thompson. The board reviewed its strategic plan, setting goals to make it easier for physicians, staff and board members to stay focused on key priorities. Trustees also plan to review the board’s by-laws. Two trustees and an attorney are preparing to leave the board at the end of the year.
The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce wants to remind everyone that the Santa House will be open starting tonight. It will be open every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. on the southeast corner of the downtown square until December the 15th. The Chamber will have hot coco and cookies for visitors. There will also be Fearless Fred trolley rides around downtown Iola sponsored by Loren Korte at PSI Insurance. Board at the corner of Jefferson and Madison.
USD 257 board of education members heard the proposal for school upgrades from a committee that studied a number of options. According to The Iola Register, a new elementary school is at the top of the list. The committee recommended that it be located at the intersection of Monroe and Kentucky. Members stipulated that two other upgrades should only happen if the elementary school is approved by voters. Those are a new science and technology building for the high school and an upgrade to heating and cooling at the middle school, plus it’s hot water tank. The price tag for the elementarry school is $24 million, the technology building is $7 million and the middle school improvements just under 3 million. The state of Kansas would provide 35 percent of the cost. Board members took no action this week.
The Iola City Council is still looking to fill an open position in the third ward. If you have an interest, reach out to Iola City Administrator Sid Fleming or City Hall by Dec. 4th.
Allen County commissioners have appointed Mona Hull of Humboldt to a four-year trustee position at Allen County Regional Hospital. The Iola Register reports that two positions on the board become open when the terms of Patti Boyd and Sean McReynolds expire next month. Chairman Jerry Daniels said that they are still looking to fill the second position, preferably with someone in the Moran-Elsmore area. Meanwhile, current trustees are trying to make a decision on the future management of the hospital.
A Eureka woman has been selected to help decorate the White House for Christmas. KWCH-TV reports that Carma Wilson will join a team of 100 people chosen for the honor. For three days, she says she’ll work at the White House from about 6 a.m. to 4 p.mto decorate one of the White House’s 132 rooms. She says she filled out the application to decorate the president’s home in August.
Allen County 911 Communications Center’s education program has received just over $7,810 in contributions over the last few weeks. 911 director Angie Murphy told the Iola Register that the program’s growth has allowed the education program to expand from kindergarten through third grade to include fourth-graders. So far, the program has reached more than 10,000 students since it started in 2010. A $3,810 grant from Enbridge will pay for a pair of staffers to attend a national educators conference. The education programs are geared toward how youngsters should react in case of an emergency, and how to properly contact authorities.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran will hold his 2018 Conservation Tour to see conservation efforts across the state at work. It’ll be on Tuesday, November 20th and it focuses on water and soil conservation. There will be a stop in Chanute from 7:30-9:15 a.m. at the Lil’ Toledo Lodge at 10600 170th Road