Important Announcements

Nurse Notes

Information about winter health concerns and mumps have been posted to the Nurse Notes page. 

Bond Election

Ballots must be received by the Lincoln County Clerk's Office on April 11, 2017, no later than 12:00 noon.

If you would like to submit a question, please click here and fill out the form.  A response will be given in a timely manner.

FAQ Documents:

    Pricing Breakdown for individual costs of projects.

    March 7 Community Meeting Presentation

  Bond Election FAQ Brochure.

    Mail-In Bond Election FAQ Page Regarding the Proposed School Building Improvements

    Recommended improvements and estimated cost of each:


 Projects   Turn-Key Cost Estimate
 Jr/Sr High School--Replace Older Rooftop Units and New Controls on All $600,000-$750,000
 Jr/Sr High School--Replace Existing Roofing System     $450,000-$650,000
 Jr/Sr High School--FEMA Rated Storm Safe Room $600,000-$800,000
 Grade School--New HVAC System and New Controls $1,300,000-$1,500,000
 Grade School--Building Wide Roofing Improvements $150,000-$200,000
 Grade School--FEMA Rated Storm Safe Room/Kitchen $800,000-$1,000,000

Community Storm Shelter Usage:

The proposed storm safe room at Lincoln Jr/Sr High is a multi-purpose room that can be used for daily activities such as a classroom, general activity space, or wrestling room.  The safe room at Lincoln Elementary School will be a cafeteria for students and staff to utilize on a daily basis.

Community Storm Shelter Size and Capacity:

The community storm shelters at both locations will be 2,400 sq. ft. with a capacity of ~300 people at each building.

Why were these projects chosen by the district?

The Board of Education has identified a list of over a dozen potential improvements, but decided on these 6 measures in order to handle the most pressing challenges faced by the district.  These improvements will keep our building functional for the foreseeable future and keep our children safe from severe weather unlike when the tornado passed through town a couple of years ago.

Are there any grants or additional aid available to the district?

The district has applied for several storm shelter grants in the past year, and have not been awarded any funds to this point.  Two new applications have been sent in for consideration, and these grants could still be awarded to the district after the bond.  The district is not eligible for state aid funding under the current finance formula, but could be eligible for state aid under new legislation.

Concordia Hallway with FEMA Rated Doors  Concordia FEMA Building                      Concordia Window with FEMA Shutter Door
Stafford Roof Structural                 Stafford Wall with Structural       PBA Architects List of FEMA 
      Reinforcement                                    Reinforcement                    Tornado Safe Shelters They Designed   

Announcing Paid Summer Internship
Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., is accepting applications for this year’s student internship program, which runs from May 3 through August 4. Through this program, the organization will match more than 30 high school and college students with local businesses throughout northwest and north central Kansas for paid internships.

Participating businesses include: Cheyenne County Development Corporation (St. Francis); City of Norton (Norton); Cunningham Telephone & Cable (Beloit); Colby Community College (Colby); CCC Endowment Foundation (Colby); Dane G. Hansen & K-State Research and Extension in conjunction with Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation, Oberlin-Decatur Economic Development and Chamber, and the City of Norton (Lincoln, Oberlin, and Norton); Fabrizius Plumbing (WaKeeney); Farmers Bank of Osborne (Osborne); Graham County Hospital (Hill City); Grinnell Locker Plant (Grinnell); Hoxie Feedyard (Hoxie); Lincoln – USD 298 (Lincoln); Midwest Energy, Inc. (Hays); Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc. (Lenora/Hill City/Hays); Nex-Tech (Lenora/Norton and Hays); Northwest Kansas Library System (Norton); Norton County Community Foundation (Norton); Osborne County Memorial Hospital (Osborne); Phillips County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (Phillipsburg); Rush County Memorial Hospital (LaCrosse); Shiloh Vineyard (WaKeeney); Smith County Memorial Hospital (Smith Center); Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Association (Bird City); Waddell & Reed, Inc. (Hill City/Hays); and Western Cooperative Electric (WaKeeney).

Nex-Generation’s goal is to give students hands-on experiences in a variety of professions and encourage them to remain in or return home to prosper. “We are ecstatic to be offering such a wide variety of professions, including community and economic development, travel and tourism, civil engineering, architecture, landscaping, non-profits, library science, administrative, telecommunications, information technology, marketing, social media, plumbing, banking, medical, agriculture, animal health, meat processing, youth development, customer service…. It’s an incredible lineup,” said Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth’s Executive Director Jacque Beckman. 

Interns are hired directly by participating, local businesses. “While the majority of the time will be spent with their respective businesses, interns can expect to get together at least three times,” Beckman said. “They will attend orientation on May 30, a field trip on June 30, and a focus group on August 4.”

Students age 16 and over who live or attend school in northwest or north central Kansas may apply. The application and eligibility requirements are on the Web at Applications are due March 31, 2017.


School fees and lunches can now be paid online.  Please specify fees or lunches from the drop down menu. Put the name of the student and what payment is for in the details box.  There is a 2.5% fee for credit/debit cards and $1.50 to pay by check online.  Click here to pay online.

You can also make payments at each building or the board office.

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USD 298 will use CivicReady and School Messenger for weather related notifications.  
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For questions or changes to School Messenger, email Norma @ the BOE