The DeSoto school board on Tuesday night approved a name for the district's new high school in Shawnee, which students had voted on a few weeks ago.
The name of the new school will be Mill Valley High School. Students chose that name from among four possible names.
The school's colors will be midnight blue and silver, and its mascot will be the Jaguars, which also were chosen by students, said Carol Farmer, communications coordinator for the district.
The $16.6 million high school for 750 students was approved by voters in April 1997 as part of a $37.6 million bond issue.
The board recently narrowed the list of possible names of the school to include those that did not reflect a geographical area, such as DeSoto or Shawnee.
"We represent five municipalities and the board didn't want there to be any confusion," Farmer said.
McLouth council hires
The McLouth city council on Tuesday night approved the hiring of a new, full-time maintenance employee.
Ken Eads was hired from among several applicants, Mayor Glenn Wear said.
Eads replaces Bruce Edwards, who left the position about three weeks ago to work for the Kansas Turnpike Authority, Wear said.
In other business, the council approved $3,200 for a new water pump to be installed at the city's pumping station.
The council also approved a spring parade for noon April 17.
"There used to be a parade years ago and some people wanted to have one again," Wear said.
Descendant of Darwin
to give lecture
Kansas City, Mo. -- The great-grandson of Charles Darwin will show a film and give a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
Quentin Keynes, an explorer and naturalist in his own right, will show a photographic documentary he made of the islands visited by his great-grandfather. The film, which took Keynes five years to complete, includes footage of the Galapagos Islands, Ascension Island, Saint Helena and the Falkland Islands.
The program is free and open to the public.