K-State officials on Monday announced that longtime Dean of K-State Libraries Lori Goetsch will retire at the end of the academic year on May 28.

The Manhattan-Ogden school board has heard a plethora of complaints regarding the hybrid learning model. The district has scheduled a special board meeting and work session for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center, to address concerns brought up by parents and teachers.

Manhattan-Ogden school board members at their meeting Wednesday will consider spending $11,271 for additional textbooks.

Despite a local surge of coronavirus cases, Manhattan public school students will continue attending school in person two days per week. That is a change from the district’s previous plan to shift to online-only classes based on the number of virus cases that currently exist.

Manhattan-Ogden administrators on Wednesday will ask the school board to approve the purchase of 1,000 Zoom licenses.

As COVID-19 numbers rise in Riley County, Manhattan-Ogden school district officials said Tuesday they will meet with health officials later this week to evaluate whether they will move all classes online.

The coronavirus pandemic has shown the need for more and better childcare options in Riley County. Because of this, officials said Monday they are looking at re-establishing an organization to improve the quality, availability and affordability of childcare in Riley County.

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Editor’s note: The Mercury is highlighting new principals in the Manhattan-Ogden school district for the 2020-21 school year. This is the last of those stories.

Despite an ever-changing landscape because of COVID-19, Provost Charles Taber and Thomas Lane, vice president of student life and dean of students, said there is excitement intermingled with the challenges of opening the university amid a pandemic.

Reports of COVID-19 outbreaks following rush activities at universities across the country prompted K-State’s Panhellenic Council to go virtual for all their events, including sorority recruitment, which lasts through next Friday.

Community members may speak in regards to the 2020-21 Manhattan-Ogden school district budget at a public hearing Wednesday.

The Manhattan-Ogden school district increased teacher compensation 3.52% to cover higher health insurance costs for the 2020-21 school year, but teachers won't see cost-of-living raises, according to an agreement ratified Friday morning.