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Downtown rally to kick off Homecoming
 
KORY HALES
2016 ODESSA HOMECOMING king and queen candidates were named this week. King candidates, from left, Dawson Dowell, Mason Smith, Chance Lewis, Luke Tripp; Queen candidates, Kamryn Williams, Ellie Port, Abby Bertz, Brea Ray, Morgan Kleoppel, Abra Raybourn. The Homecoming King and Prince will be named during a pep assembly next week, and the Queen and Princess will be named during halftime of the Homecoming football game against Grain Valley.
 
Homecoming at Odessa High School will have a new event next week when a community pep rally will be held at the four-way stop in downtown Odessa.
Pep rally will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, with cheerleaders and all fall sports teams in attendance. The Odessa Band of Distinction will play.
Theme this year is "There's No Place Like Home."
On Monday students will have a color war with freshmen to wear green, sophomores, yellow, juniors, black, and seniors, red. Read more in The Odessan.
KORY HALES
PRINCE AND PRINCESS candidates are, front, from left, Brylee Ray, freshman, Jake Smith, sophomore, Carter Hawk, junior; back, Abbi King, freshman, Brylee Duncan, sophomore, Corryn Steinbeck, junior.

 
 
R-9 Board hears request to
change from block schedules
 
Wellington-Napoleon R-9 administration is considering changing the high school to a seven-period day from a 10-period block schedule, Board of Education members heard September 14.
Matt Hakes, middle and high school principal, told board members the change was favored by a significant majority of school staff. As he presented the plan to the board, he stressed the importance for students to see teachers more often, as the alternating Monday schedule the district currently has can leave students without a certain day's classes for up to nine days if there is a day off school and the student misses a day in class.
"We need to change that; we need to look at changing that, because these students need to see those teachers every day," Hakes said. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Aldermen hear budget changes
 
The dissolution of the police department and contract with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department will not alter the overall figures of the 2016-17 city budget, Sid Rustman, city finance officer, said Monday. Rustman said it does mean a substantial amount will be saved toward an improved police station.
The Odessa division of the sheriff's department is working out of the temporary police station on the 1912 school building campus, which was created after the old public safety building was closed due to mold in 2014.
Rustman outlined impact of the police department changes and other budget changes in a workshop held prior to the board's Monday night meeting. Overall, the budget amount will not change for next year, but line items were adjusted throughout departments to allow for increases in salaries, wages and benefits (to a 2% raise, total) and supervisor positions for the street, water and wastewater segments of the public works department. Read more in The Odessan.
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