Laura Herring

Laura Herring covers De Soto news and sports

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Swimming teams coming to Mill Valley, De Soto high schools
09:58 a.m., January 10, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
De Soto district high school students will have the opportunity to participate in one more sport starting next season, after the school board added swimming to the athletic line-up.
De Soto school board shortens academic calendar, renews summer food program
09:45 a.m., January 10, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Students in the De Soto district will get an extra week of summer before starting classes for the 2012-13 academic year. The board of education on Monday approved a new class schedule to shorten the academic calendar and save money.
De Soto receives perfect audit, board listens to patrons on swimming
December 13, 2011
For the 13th year in a row, the district has had a perfect, financial audit. District accountant James Long of Long CPA, reported that the district’s annual fiscal audit revealed no exceptions, a nearly unheard of feat in the current economic environment.
High school bowling nearing inaugural seasons at De Soto schools
December 8, 2011
Mill Valley High School and De Soto High School begin figuring their rosters for each’s first bowling teams, which will debut in January.
More than a decade’s worth of student artwork now on display at De Soto administrative building
04:10 p.m., November 18, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Those entering the De Soto school district administrative building for the first time might think they’ve gone to the wrong address and instead entered an art museum.
Bowling teams approved by De Soto school board; swim teams sunk for now
04:00 p.m., October 11, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
After a great deal of discussion and patron input, the De Soto school board has narrowly approved starting a co-ed bowling team at each of the district’s two high schools. A similar push for creating swim teams at the school failed.
Misstep means vote regarding new teams is void
September 21, 2011
De Soto school board members thought they approved applying for swimming and bowling teams through the Kansas State High School Activities Association last week but later learned their vote wasn’t valid.
De Soto district takes step back in consideration of swimming, bowling teams
September 16, 2011
De Soto school board members thought they approved applying for swimming and bowling teams through the Kansas State High School Activities Association this week, but later learned their vote wasn’t valid.
Simulator shows DHS students the dangers of driving drunk
Mill Valley students scheduled to try out the equipment Friday
September 15, 2011
Excessive swerving. Driving below the posted speed limit. Driving on the wrong side of the road. Failing to stop at a red light. Hitting a parked vehicle. Driving under the influence of alcohol. Driving while texting.
De Soto school district considers swim, bowling teams
02:11 p.m., September 13, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The De Soto school district is considering a combined De Soto/Mill Valley high school boys and girls swim team and individual bowling teams for each school.

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Recent photos

De Soto school district facilities employee Doyle Baker and administrative receptionist Dena Wilkerson collaborate to hang the newest works of art in the district's permanent gallery of student art on Tuesday, Nov. 15. "This is the gravy of my job, the best part of the year," said Baker. "For two or three hours once a year I get to hang these great examples of talent and I love it."

Chairman of the Johnson County Commission Ed Eilert uses a backhoe to ceremonially break ground for the new Johnson County Public Works Facility in Olathe on Monday, May 16. The new building, which is expected to achieve LEED silver certification for its environmentally friendly design, is projected to be completed and operational by the first quarter of 2012.

Lexington Trails Middle School sixth graders, from left to right, Emily Miller, Julia Johnson and Tarah Phongsavah pose with Miss Kansas USA Jaymie Stokes while teacher Sally Beck takes their photo. Stokes visited the school on Thursday, March 10 to speak to the students about setting goals and working hard to accomplish them.

De Soto High School senior Lacey Erickson grins at her friends and teammates as she signs her letter of intent to run cross country and track for the University of Tulsa on Feb. 16. Her parents, Joel and Melissa Erickson, joined her for the event.

Sherry Hutchinson, a volunteer for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, inspects a child's coat before sorting it into the appropriate section at the bureau's Holiday Shop in the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe. "We make sure [the coats] are clean and in good shape, we check zippers and buttons and empty the pockets," Hutchinson said.

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