Sam Binter Tennis Complex

The Ribbon Cutting and Dedication hosted by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce was held Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 5:30pm.

Among the guests in attendance was former Superintendent Sue Givens, along with current school board members and City Commissioners.  The tennis court project was a joint venture between the City of El Dorado and USD490.

Mayor Vince Haines and Superintendent Teresa Tosh shared remarks with the crowd before USD490 School Board President, Norm Wilks help Mayor Haines cut the ribbon.

Mayor Vince Haines and USD490 Board of Education President Norm Wilkes cut the ribbon at the dedication of the Sam Binter Tennis Complex located on North Main Street. 

Sam Binter, left, and USD490 Superintendent Teresa Tosh with the comparative plaque. 

USD 490 2019-2020 Board Appointments

While certainly not a new face at the USD 490 BOE meetings, Superintendent Teresa Tosh has been attending meetings since she was hired earlier this year.  However, this was her first monthly board meeting since assuming the helm from Sue Givens who retired at the end of June.  

During the meeting Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services was recognized by the board for the BG Stadium Annual Report she submitted.  The report earned a National School Public Relations Award.  

Actions taken by the Board included the Reorganization of the Board of Education for 2019-2020.  A resolution to extend terms of current officers of the board was approved, as were board appointments. 

Those appointments were: 

Melissa Smith was appointed Clerk of the Board and Human Resources Assistant Sherry Bilson was appointed Assistant Clerk of the Board

Director of Human Resources Lynda Sharp and Human Resources Assistant Sherry Bilson as KPERS Representatives

Wendy McAdoo as Board Treasurer for the 2019-2020 School Year 

Melissa Smith as District Food Service Program Representative

Kathy Robertson as Hearing Officer for Free and Reduced Meal Application Appeals

DeAnna Pierce, Elementary Assistant Principal as Local Consolidated Plan Coordinator

Norm Wilks as KASB Governmental Relations Representative

Heather Nichols as Representative to the Special Education Cooperative Board

Vicki Coash as the Ex Officio Representative to Partners in Education Foundation Board of Directors. 

Superintendent Teresa Tosh as the District Freedom of Information Officer

Director of Information Services Kim Koop as District Records Custodian

Norm Wilks and Tom Storrer as Board Representatives on the 2019-2020 Negotiations Team.

Tom Storrer to serve on the District Leadership Team for 2019-2020

Norm Wilks and Monty Hughey to serve on the Educational Facility Authority of Butler County for 2019-2020, with Tom Storrer as an alternate

2019-2020 School Site Councils Representatives:

Skelly Elementary School—Vicki Coash

Blackmore Elementary School— Sharon Waugh

Grandview Elementary School— Monty Hughey

El Dorado Middle School—Heather Nichols 

With the 2019-2020 school year beginning on Tuesday, August 13the for grades PreK-6 and 9 and Wednesday, August 14th for grades 7, 8, and 10-12, walk-in enrollment begins on August 5th.  New Teacher Orientation will be held that day as well and an all-staff meeting will be conducted on August 6th.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, July 29th at the DIstrict Office.  


Butler for Butler

Butler for Butler Finds Positive Perceptions of College

Forum Shows Need for More Engagement with Local Leaders, Employers

El Dorado, Kan. – Butler for Butler, a volunteer task force co-chaired by Travis Griffith of Andover, Linda Jolly of El Dorado, Eileen Dreiling of Augusta, and facilitated by Rod Young of Rose Hill, reported its findings to the Butler Community College Board of Trustees in early April. The task force conducted a community-based visioning and planning process for the College. Their work focused on gathering information reflecting the perspective of Butler County residents to help Butler Community College determine how it could be an economic driver, support workforce development and be best positioned to serve students and the local communities.


Butler Community College takes into consideration comments from community forum. The Butler for Butler forum finds positive perceptions of the college, but community members also expressed the need for more engagement with local leaders and employers.

The task force was comprised of Butler County business, civic and community leaders. With the changing landscape in higher education, their work focused on understanding what Butler County residents, employers, and taxpayers want and need for the College to change, innovate, and shift in order to best serve the county as well as the college’s mission and students.

Community focus groups were held in Augusta, Andover and El Dorado.

In addition to the board presentation, Butler for Butler leaders also sent a letter and summary of the findings to all participants of the community sessions, from both the in-person sessions and the online survey.


Some of the key findings shared with Trustees included:

•           Community perceptions of Butler Community College are generally positive

•           Butler has good connections with industry but needs more awareness

•           County residents want more connection to college people and programs

•           Butler is affordable, offers college credit to high school students, and creates local pride

•           Butler needs more engagement and targeted communication with local leaders and employers 

•           In the future, Butler needs to continue to meet workforce needs and remain affordable

•           Continued efforts need to be given to cost/benefit concerns, particularly as they relate to Butler County residents 


The Board has agreed to review the results carefully and consider the information gathered as they update their strategic plan. Butler will continue to share information and engage stakeholders.

“I am grateful to our local leaders who volunteered their time to manage this project for the future of our college,” said Dr. Kim Krull, Butler Community College president. “I am equally grateful to those who took the time to participate in the Butler for Butler visioning sessions and share their thoughts. Our efforts are driven by our desire to best serve our county, our communities, our citizens and our students.”

Co-chairs and members of the Butler for Butler Task Force were:

Linda Jolly, El Dorado

Eileen Dreiling, Augusta

Travis Griffin, Andover

Rod Young, Rose Hill

Tom Leffler, Augusta

Tiya Tonn, El Dorado

Dave Sundgren, El Dorado

Randal Chickadonz, Rose Hill

Chase Locke, El Dorado

Matt Ward, Augusta

Jessica Rall, El Dorado

Jill Lachenmayr, Andover

Harold Beedles, Rose Hill

Marla Canfield, Andover


A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be found at

USD 490 Recognizes Achievement

USD 490 Board of Education recognized students for their achievements during Monday night’s Board meeting.   Those present to share more about their successes at the state level competitions were: FCCLA Sponsor Linda Swan with Ellie Scobee; SkillsUSA Sponsor Todd Johnson with Gabe Krug, Daisee Kohman, Madison Young and Morgan Johnson;  Tennis Coach Kent Kunkle with Josh Shum, Ryan Haag, Kai Wernli; and Governor’s Scholar Siubhan Mora-Bruce.

DAR Essay Winner

Taylor Meinen


EHS students earned medals at the State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Leadership Conference. Kimberly Yates – Gold medal; Ellie Scobee – silver medal; Leila Fowler – bronze medal.

FCCLA – Ellie Scobee with Linda Swan


EHS Concert Choir earned a I “Outstanding” rating. Encore and soloists, Hudson Vaught & Alexis Mantanona all earned “Outstanding” 1 ratings as well:


Leenah Al-Turki, Russell Baker, Payton Belair, Bailey Booth, Jaxson Brasuell, Patricia Butcher, Bailey Camien, Kalee Clark, Michael Clark, Breklyn Craig, Gwenyth Crank, Chloie Delancey, Leila Fowler, Randi Freeman, McKenna Garman, Jesse Garrett, William Gomez, Hailey Harp-Nelson, Evelyn Hughes, Teagan Jellison, Seth Klayson, Ashlyn Luna, Alexis Mantanon, Nellie McClain, Haley Morris, Shanycia Murray, Emma Olson, Katie Penner, Madison Perott, Ellie Reynolds, Jillian Rogers, Rachel Taylor, Ellie Tharp, Erica Tipton, Sara Tormova-Lacerda, Hudson Vaught, Annamay Whitmer, Elijah Wonsetler, Kaylee Yordy, Cierra Young;

ENCORE members: Abigail Chapman, Michael Clark, Gwenyth Crank, Michaela Dorsey, Christopher Florez, Jesse Garrett, Shawn Gricol, Hallie Harber, Hailey Harp-Nelson, Jarrod Jones, Emma King, David Staats, Joshua Staats, Mara Stewart, Brittan Towner, Hudson Vaught, David Williams, Kaylee Yordy;


Daisee Kohman – Silver in Prepared Speech

Morgan Johnson – Silver in Job Skills Demo.

Others competing: Gabe Krug, Nayrelid Jimenez, Victoria George, Madison Young

SkillsUSA – From left to right, Daisee Kohman, Morgan Johnson, Todd Johnson, Gabe Krug, and Madison Young


Several EHS students qualified for nationals during the Sunflower National Speech and Debate Association national qualifier at Wichita Collegiate on April 13. The team also placed second in the Speech Sweepstakes.

National Qualifiers : Ben Barker and David Staats, Leenah Al-Turki



David Staats and Ben Barker – 2nd Place

Leenah Al-Turki –  3rd Place

Josh and David Staats – 5th Place

David Williams – 6th Place      

Semi-finalists :  

Trip Baker – Poetry (8th place overall)

Isabelle Haahr – Extemporaneous Speaking (12th place overall)

Team Sweepstakes Placement: 8th


Doubles – Josh Shum & Ryan Haag – 8th place @ State

Also participating: Singles – Ashton King, Doubles – Kai Wernli & Tyler Dunbar

EHS Tennis – Kent Kunkle, Ashton King, Josh Shum, and Ryan Haag


Emma King and Josh Staats were both nominated for outstanding lead performance.


Karin Koehler & Siubhan Mora-Bruce

Governor’s Scholar – Siubhan Mora-Bruce

Butler County | City & School Elections 2019

In this week’s podcast episode, we spoke to Butler County Clerk Tatum Stafford regarding the filing deadline for the upcoming elections.  

Among the city and school position openings include Mayor for Andover, Augusta, El Dorado, Latham, Leon, and Potwin.  Most notable is the fact that no one has yet filed for the Butler Community College Board of Trustees.  

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Butler Community College. The Board delegates authority to the President of the college subject to Board approval over all personnel, educational, financial and business matters pertaining to the operation of the college.

See the complete list of City and School Positions


Student Recognitions

The regularly scheduled meeting for El Dorado School District USD 490 provided an opportunity for Superintendent Sue Givens and Board members to recognize achievements of students who are performing at superior levels.

Kevin Monroe, orchestra instructor for El Dorado Middle and High School students reported on the Patriot League Music Festival. Several seventh and eighth grade band and orchestra students received I ratings at the Patriot League Music Festival on March 6. The orchestras performed at the USD 490 Performing Arts Center and the bands performed at Augusta Middle School.  


Violinist receive I Rating
7th grade violinists Jaeden Martin and Sean Kagle, both received I Ratings, were on hand at the School Board meeting.


Other students who received I Ratings (Outstanding), were:

  • 7th/8th grade orchestra
  • Cello/bass trio of Kayleigh Morris, Trista O’Connor, and Ashlynn Gomez
  • Band Quartet of Jerica George (bass clarinet), Reagan Baumgartel (bass clarinet),

 Pheydra Lynes (tenor saxophone, and Jillian George (bari saxophone)

  • Band Quartet of Michael Riddle (alto saxophone), David Mitchell (alto saxophone),
  • Pheydra Lynes (tenor saxophone), and Jillian George (bari saxophone)
  • Drew Veatch (snare drum)
  • Michael Riddle (alto saxophone)
  • David Mitchell (alto saxophone)

Students receiving II Ratings (Excellent) were:

  • 7th/8th grade band
  • String Quartet of Lilly Rogers, Alexandria Dunn, Avery Ash, and Avery Parsley
  • String Quartet of Savannah Lunsford, Haylee Payton, Shayla Powell, and Gracie Gomez

Two highschool students were recognized for achieving an ACT Score of 30 or higher.  Isabelle Haahr scored a 31 and Mahlon Hart scored a 30. Both students will have their names added to a plaque at the high school honoring their success.  

Isabelle Haahr, left, and Mahlon Hart, right.

Kelly Ankrom, EHS Business & FACS & Health and DECA sponsor gave a report on DECA regional successes and Scott Vang, Activity/Athletic Director gave updates on the district’s extracurricular programs.

Board Clerk Melissa Smith, reminded the Board of the positions coming up for election and the filing deadline. Of June 3rd.  Those Board members who are up for reelection are Rob Lane, Tom Storrer, Norm Wilkes and Monty Hughey.

Superintendent Givens introduced Kathy Robertson as the new Executive Director of Fiscal and Support Services beginning July 1, 2019.  

Board President Norm Wilks gave the Legislative Update and before adjourning Superintendent Sue Givens presented a resolution to accept a full price offer on the former Lincoln School Property. The Board approved the resolution to sell the property for $51,400.  

Upcoming calendar items include:

  • April 19 No School
  • April 22 No School – Professional Development Day
  • April 24 Administrative Professionals Day “do the work of the district”
  • April 29 Fifth Monday Board Meeting – Architect Presentations
  • May 5-10 Teacher Appreciation Week



Bruce Lolling to Succeed Kevin House

The Board of Education approved the hiring of Bruce Lolling as the new EHS Principal beginning July 2019.

Lolling has been the Assistant Principal at Campus High School in Haysville for four years. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Principal at Augusta Middle School for one year.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in History from McPherson College, he taught American Government and World History at Hutchinson High School for three years.

He then began teaching History, Psychology, and Sociology at McPherson High School where he remained until May 2005 when he accepted a position teaching at Campus High School.

In May 2007, he earned a Master of Arts in American History from Emporia State University and in December 2013 he earned a Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University.