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Special Olympics Kansas announced Tuesday that the organization's Summer Games will be held at a new venue next year.

For the last three decades, Wichita State University has been home to the Special Olympics Summer Games. But in June, the Maize School District, just west of Wichita, will begin hosting the event.

Chris Hahn, CEO and president of Special Olympics Kansas, says the move will allow the program to work more closely with high school students.

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The Maize Board of Education unanimously approved a boundary map Monday night that would finalize the district's new student placement policy.

This is the first time USD 266 has had boundaries dictating which schools students should attend. Until now, elementary-age students were assigned to a school based on space, and when a student entered middle and high school, families requested a school preference.

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The Maize School District has recovered nearly half a million dollars that was lost in a fraud scheme by a former technology director.

The settlement is the result of a two-year-long investigation by the FBI into a money laundering and kickback scheme that resulted in losses the district claims are in excess of $500,000.

In a press release, Maize Superintendent Chad Higgins said the $489,000 settlement is positive news for the district, even though it doesn't reflect the total potential financial losses.

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The Wichita Police Department is investigating a series of threats made against area schools on social media. Officials say the threats were made by "creepy clowns" and are similar to incidents happening nationwide. Wichita Police said that one juvenile had been arrested as of Monday morning.

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The Maize School District is breaking ground today on the first in a series of projects funded by a $70.7 million bond issue that voters approved last June.

The bond is the largest and most extensive measure the Maize community has ever passed for USD 266. District-wide improvements include the addition of tornado-safe rooms at Maize High School and a new transportation facility.

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Wichita State University has announced the recipients of its Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships, which are awarded to high school seniors in Kansas. The scholarships are worth $15,000 a year for four years.

Two students were chosen for the award after demonstrating strong leadership qualities and a solid academic record.

Sandra Carlo of Maize High School was one of the students chosen for this year’s award.

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Clean diesel technology is coming to some older school buses in the Maize School District.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $120,000 in rebates to the Maize district to retrofit or replace engines on six buses made before 2006.

The engine overhauls are needed because the EPA says many older diesel school buses pre-date new emission standards. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are linked to numerous health problems, including asthma and lung damage.

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The Maize School District has a new superintendent as of Wednesday, July 1.

Deborah Shaar

A high school in the Maize School District has earned a national award for building character education into its curriculum.

Complete High School Maize is one of only two schools in Kansas to be named a “2015 National School of Character” by the Washington, D.C.-based education nonprofit, Character.org.

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The results are in for two Wichita-area school districts that held bond elections today. 

Voters in the Haysville school district voted overwhelmingly--almost 80 percent of the more than 1100 ballots cast--in favor for a $59 million bond to be used for renovations and improvements at schools and district buildings.

The projects include adding two storm shelters and a natatorium complex at Campus High School.

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