State of USD 113
As we begin calendar year 2018, this is an ideal time to examine the state of our school district. The administration and board of education has worked diligently to provide district stability.
Learning: Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) is the new accreditation model. This model is a holistic evaluation of what happens in Kansas schools. Because of proactive work that was done prior to accreditation requirements, the District Leadership Team has determined that USD No. 113 is able to skip the first year in the five-year process. Our goal is to continue to have curricula, assessments, etc., that complement each other.
The Individual Plan of Study (IPS), an individualized plan for each secondary student in the district, has been and will continue to be a focus. This academic plan provides each student with information regarding his/her strengths and career goals. There is great potential for the IPS to positively impact the day-to-day culture and climate in our buildings.
Another focus of the district is our Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS). MTSS is to identify what we want each child to know (curriculum), to provide early interventions when children don’t know it (instruction) and to further challenge those students who have already learned it.
Finances: USD No. 113 is in a positive financial position at this time. Our district has experienced a decline in enrollment, but this has been offset by the increased funding for kindergarten students from half day to full day.
We have been monitoring our year-to-date expenditures on a monthly basis. We have a system in place to measure the viability of our various campuses.
The projections for the next year’s revenues and expenses have been reasonably accurate. Board member Kent Saylor has contributed his expertise to this process.
The increased state aid package that we received this past year helped us to increase compensation to our employees.
We have worked to manage our debt. Bond issues for the former 441 district will be paid off in 2026, and the bond issue for the former 488 district will be paid off in 2022.
Facilities: The Board of Education for USD No. 113 has endeavored to maintain facilities that meet the needs of the students. We continue to repair our aging facilities. District owned roads and parking lots will continue to need attention.
Future: The Board of Education has positioned USD No. 113 with a positive outlook for the future. This outlook will be strongly impacted by the ability of the administration and staff to continue strong programs and to effectively implement and use IPS and MTSS to benefit students.
The expanded contributions from USD No. 113 Foundation Funds to promote educational innovation, as well as the very active support by District Booster Clubs and PTO organizations are a few items that set our district above the rest.
We will need to continue to evaluate our district and maintain our facilities in order to prepare students and shape the future!