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Simple advice: lock your car doors

Police are asking residents to take a simple action to avoid being the target of car burglaries, and school notes from this week's USD 204 Board of Education meeting.

The Bonner Springs Police Department reports that car burglaries have continued on a steady pace over the summer, and the biggest problem is people are not locking their cars.

"You really reduce your chances of being a victim if you lock your car," Lt. Rick Schubert said.

Bonner isn't alone in its burglary problems. On the other side of the river, Shawnee police reported a large number of automotive break-ins and thefts, with 35 break-ins and 25 auto thefts in just over a month's time, many of the targeted vehicles in the half of the city that is west of Interstate 435 (in other words, the half that is just south of Bonner and Edwardsville). The biggest common denominator: vehicles were left unlocked.

Also, few school-related tidbits to share from Monday’s school board meeting:

• The board heard an update on construction of the new office controlled entry at the high school. Contractors said they should be finished tomorrow.

• The board also learned that kindergarten enrollment is much higher than expected at Edwardsville Elementary School, so a fourth teacher will have to be hired. The district expected enrollment to be lower this year and so did not fill a kindergarten position after a teacher left the district. But there were 70 students enrolled as of Monday, which would mean at least 23 students in each class. Superintendent Dan Brungardt said he posted the position last week and already had 12 applicants. “I will say it’s much easier to hire in this part of the state,” he joked, referring to his former position in Great Bend.

• If you didn’t see our Facebook post, the first-ever Operation School Supplies event Aug. 3 had a great turnout: about 200 families, with 490 students getting some free supplies at the District P.E. Center. We’ll post a story with more follow-up information on this event soon.

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