Maize schools

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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.

Mail-in ballots are going out on Thursday to voters in the Maize School District.

The issue to be decided is an $83.5 million dollar bond proposal which has two propositions. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports...

The first question on Maize Schools’ proposed bond is for eight projects that total more than $70 million.

The plan includes an expansion of Maize Middle School, about $14 million in athletic facility upgrades and a new FEMA storm shelter at Maize High School.

Maize Unified School District 266

In a cost-saving measure, Maize USD 266 administrators will be recommending to the Maize Board of Education that the district dissolve its own Maize Schools police department.

In its place, the district would enter into a memorandum of understanding with the city of Maize police department to provide safety and security services for the district.

Safety will continue to be a top priority for Maize Schools, especially regarding its students.

Maize Unified School District 266

Information is scarce as to why FBI investigators are targeting the Maize School District Educational Support Center--the district's headquarters. In a letter sent out on Tuesday, parents were told that school officials are cooperating with the investigation and that it does not involve student safety. 

“We can confirm that two district employees have been placed on administrative leave,” says Lori O’Toole Buselt, director of communications for Maize School District.

Officials for the FBI are also tight-lipped.

The Maize School District has decided to stop doing random drug tests on students who participate in extra-curricular activities.

Maize's School Board recently voted to eliminate the testing after hearing reactions from school administrators and students. The suburb just west of Wichita had conducted the random tests on students from grades 7 through 12.

A spokeswoman says the district has spent almost $31,500 on the program since it began in 2007.