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October 2017

USD223 SUPERINTENDENT’S NEWS ARTICLE
October, 2017-18 School Year


Believe it or not, we are getting close to the end of the first quarter of school. Friday, October 13th is the last day of the first quarter. We have Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 17th and Thursday, October 19th.  The conferences will be in session from 4:00pm to 7:30pm on both evenings.  I hope all parents are able to schedule a time to meet with our staff about your child’s progress. If you are unable to attend on either evening, please call or email the school and set up another time to meet. We appreciate your support of your child’s education and our educational community.

We recently received our ACT testing information from last year. Our composite score for the district for our students averaged 22.5. It is well above the state average of 21.7 and the National average of 21.0.  This is great news and is another testament of the type of students and teachers we have in USD 223! I am proud of this great academic accomplishment! 

Hanover and Linn schools administered the MAP testing during the third week of September.  MAP Testing took place for all students from kindergarten through 10th grade.  MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.  It will be given in both the Fall and Spring.

September 20th was the official “count” day for both the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).  The official numbers recorded for the 2017-18 school year are:

K-6th       7-8th      9-12th    2017-18 Total   2016-17 Total
Hanover Schools 51 11   77 139 137  
Linn Schools 90 22   62 174 181
USD223 141 33 139 313 318

Both Hanover and Linn Schools will be classified as a 1A school.  Football is classified every other year and for the next two years both Hanover and Linn will be 8-man, Division II schools. 

As most of you have heard or read, the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday ruled the new school funding law fails to provide enough money and fails to allocate funding equitably.  The court gave legislators until June 30 to fix the system and allowed schools to remain in operation under the current law for the current academic year. The court, however, indicated it was losing its patience in the long-running school finance lawsuit, which started in 2010 when the state cut school funding.  The court also stated: “Suffice it to say that in our view the Kansas K-12 public education system has been inadequately funded for far too long.”he lines open and spread the message!

Brian Cordel
USD223 Superintendent of Schools