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Axtell/Sabetha School Consolidation Wins State Approval

The unification of USD 488 Axtell, Bern, Summerfield and USD 441 Sabetha-Wetmore school districts came one step closer to fulfillment on Wednesday when the Kansas State Board of Education easily approved the request at their regular meeting in Topeka.

Superintendents at both districts said plans to consolidate began several years ago, but the recent economic downturn and cuts in state funding forced them to act more quickly.

With the state board approval, the consolidation agreement goes to a public vote inside the two districts sometime in May. The measure would require majority approval in both districts to be approved.

The new district would operate much as the two independent districts do now for a year before any changes are made.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.