The average cost of living for a K-State student fell 1.5% from 2019, largely driven by lower prices for goods and services as demand fell during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent K-State Economics Club report.

Native American mascots are ultimately damaging to Indigenous people and perpetuate a romanticized and dated view, Stephanie Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, said Monday.

From 2008 to 2017, 97 school-age pedestrians died in school-transportation-related crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of those, 55% of the children were struck by school buses, 1% by vehicles functioning as school buses, and 44% by other vehicles.

Enrollment is down in the elementary level at the Manhattan-Ogden school district this year as families opted for home-school methods during the coronavirus pandemic, but enrollment is up at the middle and high schools.

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.

A federal change to Title IX that led to K-State altering its policy means students reporting sexual harassment now have to clear a higher bar to prove harassment occurred. 

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.