usd-470-logoThe USD 470 Board of Education on Sept. 12 approved the formation of an Animation Club after a group of Arkansas City High School students requested permission to form the club.

The purpose of the club is to provide a place for students from all walks of life to gather and share their mutual enjoyment of animation. Some formats of animation that will be studied or discussed include Japanese animation that can be found in film, books, comics and manga.

The group has chosen to include in its goals the possibility of attending conventions where members may be able to speak directly to artists or attend panels to hear from the artists in a group setting.

The Animation Club was only a discussion point for the Sept. 12 meeting. However, board members were impressed by the tenacity of the students who wanted to form the group.


Liberty Cemetery

USD 470 currently owns Liberty Cemetery — formally known as Silverdale Cemetery — which sits on land that is near both Silverdale and Liberty townships.

The school district was given the land when school districts were consolidated in Cowley County. While the exact year is unknown, the land transfer is thought to have come to pass in 1878. At the time, the Silverdale school was adjacent to the cemetery.

District administrators have been attempting for several months to establish communication with Silverdale Township regarding the future of the cemetery grounds.

“The board is willing to work with the township to assure that the ownership and maintenance of the cemetery is with those most closely associated to its history and its permanency,” USD 470 Superintendent Ron Ballard said in a July 12 letter to the Silverdale Township officers.

The property is centered in a large field and is “not readily accessible to persons, equipment or vehicles,” according to documentation from the district. Kansas statute states the cemetery must be mowed at least twice a year.

The school board passed a motion requesting the attendance of all connected parties at the next school board meeting Sept. 26.


Board members Marty Moulton, Mike Munson and Dr. Aaron Watters were not in attendance at the Sept. 12 meeting.

In other business, the board:

  • unanimously approved the consent agenda.
  • unanimously approved Amanda Parks as the district’s KPERS representative.
  • unanimously approved changes to district policy to reflect Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) policy recommendations.
  • unanimously approved student accident insurance coverage for the 2016-17 school year.
  • heard discussion about additional KASB policy recommendations.
  • heard discussion about potential V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation projects.
  • held a five-minute executive session for matters of non-elected personnel.