Tonganoxie — Uncertainty surrounding school financing for the coming year has forced the Tonganoxie school board to put plans for new construction on hold.
Jacki Himpel, communications specialist for the district, said the board voted 4-2 Monday not to approve new expenditures to the Topeka architectural firm Horst, Terril and Karst until board members receive further clarification from the state about funding. Board members Jack Cronemeyer and Ron Aufdemberge opposed the motion.
The architects have developed a master plan for the district's facility needs, including plans for an upper elementary school, which would house students in grades four through six. The firm had aimed for a late 1993 or early 1994 opening.
Himpel said the board heard comments from district patrons for more than an hour before voting. More than 20 patrons attended the meeting, and many expressed concerns about high property taxes, she said.
In another matter, board members approved a proposal to start a Tonganoxie High School Study Table, a program that would provide additional tutorial help for students after school, Himpel said.
Two certified teachers will assist students from 3:05 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday each week in the school library. High school students can volunteer to participate at the study table if they need help in a particular subject or have fallen behind in a class. Teachers also can require students to attend to help boost failing grades.
"It's supposed to be an opportunity, not a punishment," Himpel said.
However, if students assigned to the study table fail to show twice, they will be required to attend a half-day Saturday school. The Saturday school also will be held for students failing one or more classes.
Himpel said the objectives of the study table and Saturday school are to help students catch up in class and to teach effective study skills. High school officials hope to start the tutorial sessions as soon as possible, she said.