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Kansas school district profiles

These profiles provide information on school budgets for 2005-06, and they include all local, state and federal revenue. The number of students is drawn from state records for the school year 2005-06, and may not reflect current enrollment. “Points of pride” were suggested by district officials but because of space limitations may not represent all notable achievements or programs.

These profiles were compiled as part of the Making the Grade annual report.

Blue Valley

The basics: Serves students in southern parts of Overland Park and Leawood and most of Stilwell, plus a small area of southeast Olathe, generally south from Interstate 435 to 215th Street and roughly State Line to Quivira roads; 19,867 students (2005-2006); $104 million operating budget (2005-2006); Tom Trigg, superintendent.

Points of pride: 2006 graduates posted top ACT composite score in the KC metro area; Blue Ribbon of Distinction awarded 14 times to district schools; 25 National Merit finalists in 2005-2006; strong academic programming; professional and caring teachers who personalize learning for all students.

Web site: www.bluevalleyk12.org

De Soto

The basics: Serves De Soto, western Lenexa and Shawnee and parts of northwestern Olathe. It is roughly bounded by the Kansas River to the north, 143rd Street to the south, Renner and Cedar Niles roads to the east, and Evening Star Road to the west; 5,207 students (2005-2006); $27 million operating budget (2005-2006); Dr. Sharon Zoellner, superintendent.

Points of pride: New facilities; commitment to character development at all grade levels; individualized instruction; USD 232 teachers have been finalists or semifinalists in the Kansas Teacher of the Year competition for seven consecutive years; ACT scores increased at both high schools three years in a row; fastest-growing district in Kansas by percentage; nearly 97 percent of students go to college, vocational school, or enter military service.

Web site: www.usd232.org

Gardner Edgerton

The basics: Serves the southwestern corner of Johnson County and a small part of northwest Miami County; 3,866 students (2005-2006); $19.9 million operating budget (2005-2006); Bill Gilhaus, superintendent.

Points of pride: Students met the State Standard of Excellence on 12 out of 18 state assessments taken in 2005; high school met the State Standard of Excellence in all four subject areas tested; opened first elementary with wireless technology environment in 2005; expanding wireless to additional schools each year; extensive school construction and expansion program under way, with new and remodeled facilities opening in 2005-2007. Lisa Berg – bergl@usd231.com

Web site: www.usd231.com

Olathe

The basics: Serves Olathe, areas of Lenexa west of Interstate 435, a small part of western Shawnee and the western part of southwest Overland Park; 24,533 students (2005-2006); $139.8 million operating budget (2005-2006); superintendent, Patricia All.

Points of pride: Only district in state to be recognized by Standard & Poor’s for narrowing the achievement gap in three areas — for economically disadvantaged, African-American and Hispanic students; Standard & Poor’s ranked district as most “resource-effective” among large districts in state; Expansion Management Magazine ranked it a “Gold Medal” district, putting it in top 16 percent in the nation based on national comparisons of ACT and SAT scores among other measures; achieved 100 percent Adequate Yearly Progress for all schools, subgroups and district as a whole; 92 percent of schools achieved Standard of Excellence in reading or math or both.

Web site: www.olatheschools.com

Shawnee Mission

The basics: Serves the northeast part of Johnson County, most of it lying within the Interstate 435 loop, bounded on the north by the Wyandotte-Johnson county line and on the east by State Line Road; 28,530 students (2005-2006); $147.5 million operating budget (2005-2006); Marjorie Kaplan, superintendent.

Points of pride: 15th consecutive gold medal rating from Expansion Management Magazine, placing the district in top 17 percent of school districts in the nation; 29 students named semifinalists and 55 named commended students in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship competition; a variety of course offerings including more than 50 Advanced Placement and honors courses; specialized programs of study including International Baccalaureate, the Center for International Studies offering courses in the language and culture of Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese; Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering program emphasizing math, science, and technology; and Broadmoor Technical Center offering programs including culinary arts and commercial baking, multimedia design and filmmaking, computer networking and repair, and health careers.

Web site: www.smsd.org

Spring Hill

The basics: Serves 71 square miles in south-central Johnson County, including Spring Hill, a small part of south Olathe, and parts of northern Miami County; 1,715 students (2005-2006); $9.4 million operating budget (2005-2006); Bart Goering, superintendent.

Points of pride: Recognized for technology, excellent pupil-teacher ratios, special education services, student academic achievements, staff development opportunities, new teacher induction, and mentoring and innovative instruction practices at all grade levels; low-cost graduate credit through partnership with local universities; 70 percent of staff have master degrees; 80 percent of high school students go on to post-secondary education; all schools and district as a whole met or exceeded state benchmarks for No Child Left Behind. A new high school will open in spring 2007. The current high school will be converted to a middle school, and the current middle school to an intermediate school. All schools are outfitted with either computer labs or laptop labs, and the ratio of computers to students is 1 to 1.7.

Web site: www.usd230.org

Basehor-Linwood

The basics: Serves southeast Leavenworth County, including Basehor and Linwood; 2,131 students (2005-2006); $10.7 million operating budget (2005-2006); Robert Albers, superintendent.

Points of pride: All buildings reached Standard of Excellence on state assessments; above average scores on standardized tests; award winning staff development program; Basehor-Linwood Virtual School serves over 350 students using curriculum developed by district teachers.

Web site: www.usd458.k12.ks.us

Easton

The basics: Serves northwest part of Leavenworth County, to the county line on the west and the north; 707 students (2005-2006); $4.9 million operating budget (2005-2006); Chuck Coblentz, superintendent.

Points of pride: Active parent participation; small class sizes; all schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP); Standards of Excellence in reading and math; 65 percent of professional staff has earned master degrees or higher; recent renovation of the high school; new kindergarten-to-third-grade facility.

Web site: www.easton449.org

Fort Leavenworth

The basics: Serves the Fort Leavenworth military installation; 1,643 students, kindergarten through ninth grade only (2005-2006); $9.2 million operating budget (2005-2006); Deborah Baeuchle, superintendent.

Points of pride: 21st century technology in all schools; serves mostly military families; hands-on applications in science and technology. Web site: www.ftlvn.com

Lansing

The basics: Serves a 46-square mile area, including the city of Lansing; 2,216 students (2005-2006); $10.6 million operating budget (2005-2006); Randal Bagby, superintendent.

Points of pride: High ACT scores; building a new elementary school; international student teacher exchange program with China; several grades received the state’s standard of excellence for the 2005-06 assessment tests.

Web site: usd469.net

Leavenworth

The basics: Serves Leavenworth, plus 10th- through 12th-graders from Fort Leavenworth and children of international military officers who live in the city; 4,147 students (2005-2006); $21.7 million operating budget (2005-2006); Mike Aytes, superintendent.

Points of pride: Low student-to-teacher ratio in primary grades; off 15 advanced placements courses; consistent appointments of graduates to U.S. Military Academy and Air Force Academy.

Web site: www.lvksch.org.

Tonganoxie

The basics: Serves 142 square miles, including the city of Tonganoxie and nearby areas; 1,706 students (2005-2006); $9.1 million operating budget (2005-2006); Richard Erickson, superintendent.

Points of pride: High ACT scores; opening a new middle school in January 2007; $12 million renovation at the high school; fifth consecutive year increase in student enrollment.

Web site: www.tong464.k12.ks.us

Bonner Springs

The basics: Generally serves Bonner Springs, Edwardsville and nearby areas; 2,301 students (2005-2006); $12 million operating budget (2005-2006); Robert VanMaren, superintendent.

Points of pride: New Elementary School Delaware Ridge will open August 2007; new libraries for Clark Middle School, Bonner Springs Elementary and Edwardsville Elementary for fall 2007; Edwardsville Elementary at the state standard of Excellence for Reading and Math schoolwide.

Web site: www.usd204.k12.ks.us

Kansas City, Kan.

The basics: Serves eastern and north central Kansas City, Kan., roughly from the Missouri River on the north, the Missouri River and the state line on the east, Interstate 70 on the south and Interstate 435 on the west, including the Argentine, Armourdale and Rosedale communities; 20,120 students (2005-2006); $111.9 million operating budget (2005-2006); superintendent: Jill Shackelford.

Points of pride: For the fourth straight year, student assessment scores in reading and math have improved at all levels; district has closed achievement gaps for minorities and students living in poverty, and was selected as one of 11 districts nationwide for a key U.S. Department of Education summer reading program in 2004; graduation and attendance rates are rising; number of students dropping out has declined; Sumner Academy of Arts and Science has been nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon High School by the education department.

Web site: www.kckps.org

Piper

The basics: Serves northwestern Kansas City, Kan., from about 91st Street and Wyandotte County Lake on the east, Parallel Avenue on the south, extending north and west to the Wyandotte-Leavenworth county line and the Missouri River; 1,457 students (2005-2006); $8 million operating budget (2005-2006);. Superintendent: Steve Adams

Points of pride: Piper is fastest-growing district in Wyandotte County and the only Wyandotte County district to have all schools achieve Adequate Yearly Progress on the Kansas Assessments. Piper Schools offer high quality academics delivered by highly qualified and caring teachers. Piper schools serves a dynamic community that is growing and prospering. Piper Schools is your choice for education at its best!

Web site: www.piperschools.com

Turner

The basics: Serves south central Kansas City, Kan., extending from 61st to 72nd streets just south of State Avenue and broadening, farther south, to Lake Quivira on the west and 26th Street on the east; 3,868 students (2005-2006); $20.1 million operating budget (2005-2006); Bobby Allen, superintendent.

Points of pride: Opened the Turner Early Learning Center this year, which has all-day kindergarten and pre-school classes.

Web site: www.turnerusd202.org

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