Campus and community briefs


Manhattan-Ogden school board faces budget cuts

The Manhattan-Ogden school board met Wednesday to discuss budget cuts ranging from $2 million to $3.7 million.

According to the Manhattan Mercury, two different committees have worked over a three-month period to compile lists prioritizing which services get to dodge the cuts and which don’t. Seventy-five full-time positions, a number of athletic programs (including equipment) and meal reimbursements are all at risk of being cut.

The school board also discussed a proposed price increase in athletic tickets that would generate a reported $38,100 in ticket sales – a $6,350 increase from the current $31,750.

Parallel to the budget cuts, the school district lost about $600,000 in state aid this year; the current amount will remain flat for the next two years under the Kansas Legislature’s block grant plan passed in March.

K-State campus deals with aftermath of Monday’s storm

The heavy rainfall earlier this week brought about damage to a number of buildings on K-State’s Manhattan campus.

According to News and Communications Services, the storm caused roof leaks in Edwards Hall, eastern Weber Hall, Ahearn Field House, the Power Plant and Dykstra Hall.

Basement flooding was also spotted in the basements of Edwards and the Power Plant.

Man pleads guilty in daughter’s death

Manhattan resident Alexander McConnell pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree murder and two counts of child abuse in the death of his 5-week-old daughter.

According to the Manhattan Mercury, assistant Riley County Attorney Kendra Lewison said emergency workers found the infant unresponsive and without a pulse at McConnell and his wife’s residence. An autopsy revealed that the child died of multiple blunt traumatic injuries.

McConnell was accused and later admitted to abusing and killing his infant daughter.