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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lansing Educational Foundation hosts 10th annual Honors Breakfast

  • The Lansing School District had about 1,200 students in 1984.
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  • The Lansing School District had about 1,200 students in 1984.
    Today, the enrollment is close to 2,700.
    "That's incredible," Lansing Superintendent Randy Bagby said during a report on the state of the district.
    Bagby's remarks came Friday during the Lansing Educational Foundation's 10th annual Honors Breakfast.
    During the last 10 years, the district has spent more than $100 million in capital improvements, Bagby said.
    The superintendent said he doesn't know what the district will look like in 10 years, but he is "pretty sure we're going to keep growing. We're going to keep progressing."
    Bagby credited the Lansing School Board with setting the tone and climate for the school district.
    Add in great students, faculty and staff, and the district can't go wrong, he said.
    More than 500 people turned out for Friday's Honors Breakfast at Lansing Elementary School.
    Several awards were presented during the breakfast.
    The event also featured guest speaker Bonnie Henrickson, head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of Kansas.
    As Henrickson spoke about leadership, she said she felt like she was preaching to the choir.
    "You are leaders," she told audience members.
    Henrickson said leadership is influence.
    "If you're influencing, you're leading," she said.
    Henrickson discussed what she said are five Cs demonstrated by leaders ― confidence, consistency, courage, compassion and character.
    She encouraged audience members to reach out to young people and help them.
    "Life doesn't have a remote," she said. "Get up and change it."
    Teachers who received grants from the Educational Foundation were recognized during the breakfast.
    A number of students from the elementary, middle school and high school level also were recognized for their achievements on state assessments. Several high school students were recognized for scoring high on ACT and SAT tests.
    Mary Jane York, a Lansing Elementary School paraprofessional, was presented the Educational Support Professional of the Year award.
    Barb Robinson, a Lansing Elementary School second-grade teacher, was honored as the Lansing Teacher of the Year for the elementary level.
    Susan Murphy, a remedial reading and literacy coach at Lansing Middle School, was recognized as Lansing Teacher of the Year for the secondary level.
    Nancy Jones and Darci Schuller received a special recognition award from the foundation for a food pantry operated through the Lansing Middle School Site Council.
    Lansing High School foreign language teacher Marla Spellman received the Lifetime Educational Achievement Award.
    Tom Young, Lansing Educational Foundation president, also was honored. Young has been a member of the foundation since 2005 and served as president since 2006.
    Page 2 of 2 - He has announced he plans to step down as foundation president.
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