Hiliary Cosgrove Receives KSDE Horizon Award
Freeman Elementary Second Grade Teacher Hilary Cosgrove has been named a 2018 Horizon Award winner. Cosgrove was one of 16 elementary school teachers honored. This award is intended to recognize exemplary first-year teachers in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. This award provides each district the opportunity to encourage, recognize, and reward new members of the profession.
Caption - Hiliary (seated) receiving a call from Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education, who informed her about being named a 2018 Horizon Award winner. Toni Haight, FES Learning Faciliatator and Dr. John Burke were the first to congratulate her.
USD 261 Celebrates Another Blue Ribbon School!
Haysville USD 261’s Ruth Clark Elementary School was named one of 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Ruth Clark Elementary is the third school in the Haysville District to receive a National Blue Ribbon School Award. Ruth Clark Elementary School was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School. Haysville USD 261’s Campus High School was named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School and Oatville Elementary School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.
USD 261 - Progress as Promised!
Haysville High School/Tri-City Day School opened their new building located at 1975 W Grand on August 17, 2017. The new facility houses both schools, each with its own entrance, office space, and classroom wings. The schools share areas such as the Media Center, Gymnasium, Weight Room, Kitchen, and the Commons. The students and staff are beyond excited about their new facility.
Voters Passed a $59 million Bond Election in June 0f 2015. Projects are underway across the district to make renovations and improvements, including but not limited to infrastructure upgrades, secure entries, and storm shelters to the District’s facilities. The cost of the projects will be payable from proceeds of the bonds in an amount not to exceed $59,000,000. Current state finance formula allows additional state aid to pay 65% of the project and interest cost on a voted bond issue. This additional state aid will allow the district to keep its local property tax mill rate flat. Visit the Bond Construction page for updates....
Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools
Congratulations to every school in our district for being a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School Nominee for 2017-2018.
Haysville USD 261 is the FIRST school district in the country to have every school as a nominee.
Capturing Kids' Hearts and the Flippen Group provides processes for teachers and staff to connect students with their peers and adults on campus, and to create classrooms where students are excited to enter and learn every day, creating a positive and productive learning environment.
USD 261 Saving Energy Costs - $5.8 million to date
USD 261 is serious about saving energy costs! Over the past 14 years, the district has made changes that have resulted in a 39.3% savings, to the tune of $5.8 million dollars. These savings are largely due to the diligence of our staff members who are making sure items such as computers, printers, lights, etc. are being turned off when not in use, regulating thermostats, and reporting items that are malfunctioning or wasting energy. The savings from our reduction in energy is part of the reason we are able to continue on during the budget crisis.