In his own high school experience, Jeff Kohlman was told by some that he would be better off ignoring a college education and just entering the work force.

He believed differently.

And after 34 years involved in education, encompassing everything from teaching kindergarteners to mowing a junior high football field, that belief has certainly paid some dividends.

The superintendent of Chase County Public Schools was recognized with a retirement reception in Cottonwood Falls on Monday afternoon, after serving with USD 284 for the past seven years.

“I got interested (because) of teachers I had at Canton-Galva,” he said. “They sparked that interest in me. I was about a C student, (and labeled as an) underachiever, (the

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