​​Weston • Platte County • Missouri

Big Events this weekend

The Platte County Commissioners voted Monday to put two tax issues on the August Ballot. 
Question 1 is to issue general obligation bonds up to $85 million to build an addition to the Jail, tripling its capacity.
Question 2 is to authorize a 20 year 1/2 cent sales tax to fund the bonds and increased operational costs such as additional staff, food, supplies and medical expenses.
The cost of construction is estimated at $65 million with design and other soft costs at $11 million. Another $2.5 million is for bond costs and $2.5 for reserves. The other $4 million was not discussed, although commissioners said they hoped they wouldn’t have to sell the entire $85 million in bonds.
Both issues would have to pass for the project to continue

The Weston Chronicle

The West Platte School Board approved a $740 raise to the teacher salary base for the 2024-2025 school year.  Although some other KCI Conference schools  may have a higher annual increase this amount should keep West Platte teachers the best paid in the conference and competitive in the Northland according to superintendent Brock Dover.
New salary base is $44,750 per year.  Other school districts are increasing salaries because of the move to require starting teacher salaries to be at least $40,000 per year.
Salary increases for support staff averaging 3.4 to 3.5% were also approved.  Both measures were approved by a 5-0 vote with two members absent.
Superintendent Dover presented the preliminary budget for next school year for discussion.  The plan is to approve the final budget by the end of June.  Anticipated revenues were noted and with the salaries set most of the budget work is completed except for fine tuning.
Under Old Business was approval of the Doctoral stipend and under New Business was a presentation for an Eagle Scout project and the 1st Rading for next year’s Curriculum.
The Board discussed the update to the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP).  Consideration will be the major program at the annual school board retreat scheduled for Tuesday May 21 at the School Administrative Offices.
Reports from the Principals were received by the School Board.  Bess DeLoux, Elementary School Principal reported on activities in her building.  Middle School Principal Ryan Nichols highlighted the Excellence in Education Banquet, Art Fair, and Teacher Appreciation Week.  John Kruse, High School Principal, praised the West Platte KCI Scholar Athletes and the baseball team who finished with a record of 15 wins and 8 losses, the Blue Jys best finish in several years.

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You’re invited to a 50 Year Anniversary Open house for HELP, INC. This was the name of the ambulance service before the West Platte Fire and Ambulance District was established. It was staffed by volunteers, who will be honored.
This is also the 50th Anniversry of EMS Week. Join them Friday, May 24, 2024 - 5:00 - 7:00 PM - Bee Creek Shelter 16600 45 Hwy, Weston, MO  64098

 On Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day - a 10:00 a.m. Program at Weston Veteran’s Memorial, Hwy. 45 & Library Drive will be presented by the American Legion Post .

Area Events for Memorial Day

Jail Expansion on August Ballot

School Board Approves West Platte Teacher Pay Raise

Weston American Legion Ceremony
Weston’s American Legion Post 501 will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 27th at 10:00 am at the Weston Veterans Memorial located on Highway 45 and adjacent to the Mid-Continent Public Library – Weston branch and the Weston Post Office. 
The guest speaker will be Major Zachary Layton a 2008 graduate from West Platte High School currently serving on active duty. 
Major Layton and family are attending the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 
Please join us on the 27th and take this opportunity to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and have played a large role in creating and sustaining the life that we enjoy today.
Sugar Creek Christian Church & Cemetery
The Sugar Creek ladies’ Aid hall at Sugar Creek Christian Church (Rt. 116 & M Hwy. Rushville) will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday (May 25, 26, & 27) for the memorial Day weekend observance.  Sandwich, dessert and beverage will be available for purchase during the hours of 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. 
A few Country Store items, along with our commemorative booklet and cookbook will also be available for purchase.  
A quilt will be on display that will be drawn for at the annual turkey supper on Saturday, November 2nd.  A raffle ticket can be purchased for $1.00 or 6 tickets for $5.00.  
A representative from the Sugar Creek Christian Benevolent Burial Assoc.  will be available Monday the 27th for questions, etc.  
Please join us on Monday, May 27th at approximately 10:30 a.m. for the Military service in honor of our veterans. 

Leavenworth National Cemeteries,  Leavenworth, KS
The national cemeteries of Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth will observe Memorial Day on May 27. The Leavenworth National Cemetery (150 Muncie Road) will begin its ceremony at 9 a.m.; Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery (395 Biddle Boulevard) begins its ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

National WWI Museum & Memorial
Sunday, May 26, Live Music, food trucks and other entertainment fill the grounds of Union Station. A patriotic performance from the Kansas City Symphony begins at 8:00 p.m. Afterward, the evening concludes with a fantastic fireworks display.
All weekend long, Veterans and active duty military personnel receive free admission to the Museum. For the general public, admission is half price all weekend. May 24-27
May 25, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Free to the public, In Conversation: The Legacy Jump features a panel conversation and documentary screening to revisit a skydiving event that took place at the Museum and Memorial on Veterans Day 2020. 
May 27, 10 a.m.
A public program on Memorial Day features remarks from dignitaries and a keynote from Lt. General (Ret.) Wendy M. Masiello. 
Additional events taking place at the National WWI Museum and Memorial over Memorial Day Weekend and throughout the month of May include: 
• Flags of Forgotten Soldiers Display, May 13-27
• Vietnam Era Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter Display, May 24-27
• Vintage Military Vehicle Display, May 25-26
• Memorial Day Bell Tolling Ceremony, May 27, noon
• Walk of Honor Dedication, May 27, 2 p.m.