The Manhattan-Ogden school district is using a new app to help parents keep on top of all things school-related.

The smartphone app, Campus Parent, gives parents real-time access to grades, assignment scores, schedules and attendance reports, among other school-related matters.

To use the app, parents will need to register to use the system. Online registration opens July 15.

The app is available for Android and Apple phones.

Teaching director

The Manhattan-Ogden school district is looking at four finalists for executive director of teaching and learning after Lacee Sell resigned from the position last month to become an associate superintendent at USD 475 Geary County.

In late June, the district interviewed and held meet-and-greets with four finalists — Tricia Dibbini, Lelin George, Paula Hough and Lucas Shivers.

Dibbini is currently an assistant principal at Manhattan High School with 17 years of experience in public education, with previous assistant principal positions at the elementary and middle school level.

George is currently the director of student services at Winfield High School. He has 27 years of educational experience, including time as a middle school principal.

Hough is the director of curriculum and instruction for USD 336 Holton. She has 16 years of experience in education.

Shivers is director of elementary education for Manhattan-Ogden. He has 15 years of experience teaching and in other administrative education positions.

The school board has not yet received a hiring recommendation.

Acting dean

of students

Adrian Rodriguez is serving a two-week stint as acting vice president for student life and dean of students at Kansas State University.

Rodriguez, currently the associate vice president for student life of diversity and multicultural affairs, is filling in before Thomas Lane, the newly hired permanent pick for the position, starts July 14.

Lane replaces Pat Bosco, who retired in June after 48 years at the university.

State champs


The Manhattan-Ogden school board recognized Manhattan High School’s four track-and-field state champions.

Sam Hankins, a junior this past spring, was the state champion in javelin for the third straight year. Hankins is also The Mercury’s spring athlete of the year.

Daniel Harkin, sophomore, was state champion in the 3,200-meter run.

Darius O’Connell, sophomore, won the state shot put.

Clara Mayfield, senior, came in first in the 1,600-meter run and came in second in the 3,200-meter run.

Overall, the high school’s boys team took third place at state, and the girls team placed eighth.

Donations, grants

The Manhattan-Ogden school board accepted $122,530.82 in donations and grants at its June 26 and Wednesday meetings.

The Kansas State Department of Education granted a $36,100 allocation for Northview and Ogden elementary schools’ fresh fruit and vegetable programs.

The Ogden Elementary PTO donated $2,125.56 to the school for classroom supplies and field trips.

The Bluemont Elementary PTO donated $866.86 to the school to build an outdoor memorial for a former student.

The Manhattan-Ogden Public School Foundation donated $79,288.40 to the district for YES Funds, Classroom to Career and Flint Hills Summer Fund Camp, according to the board agenda.

Riley County Raising Riley donated $4,150 to Eugene Field Early Learning Center for behavioral and mental health support personnel, as well as costs associated with extended childcare services.

Education reporter for the Manhattan Mercury. Follow me on Twitter at @byRafaelGarcia.