May 20, 2020 8:55 PM

Yutzy named Employee of the Year in USD 312

Posted May 20, 2020 8:55 PM

HAVEN, Kan. — USD 312 Haven Schools announced Wednesday that Yoder Charter School teacher Kim Yutzy has been selected as the Employee of the Year winner for the 2019-20 school year. 

Yutzy joined USD 312 in 1998. She began as a music teacher at Mount Hope and Yoder Charter. After taking a few years off, she returned in 2009 and worked as a library aide at Yoder Charter. In 2014, she began teaching vocal and instrumental music at both Yoder Charter and Partridge Grade School. She is currently teaching physical education, vocal music and instrumental music at Yoder Charter School. Kim is also an active member of the District Wellness Committee. Kim is married to Eric Yutzy and they have two daughters, Abby and Sarah.

Those nominating Yutzy noted her great sense of humor and that students know she is there for them whenever they need her.

Yutzy and her students are also involved in a mass band performance each school year. The event brings together all band students from across the district for a special performance during halftime of a football game.

Yutzy has also been a key contributor to the redesign process at Yoder Charter School.

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After long wait, Cosmosphere ready to show off new displays

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After closing back in March, the Cosmosphere will reopen to the public on Friday. 

“We recognize the need to close and want to do whatever we could to help stop the spread of the virus,” Cosmosphere President Jim Remar said. “But it’s been a long two months so we’re really excited to start seeing some public back in the facility.” 

The museum was just getting ready to showcase some major renovations when the museum was closed because of the pandemic. 

“The timing couldn’t have been worse,” Remar said. “We were literally opening some new galleries . . . so it will be good to get people into those new spaces.” 

While the museum will be open, there will still be some areas closed off.

“We’re going to keep CosmoKids closed for a period of time just given the fact that it’s very hands-on and interactive,” Remar said. “We felt that is the best position to take right now. They will be able to see the new X-Plane gallery, see the Bell X-1 in its new display and configuration and then be able to enjoy the museum."

There will be guidelines for social distancing and performances. Shows will still have limited seating. For more information, visit