KANSAS CAREER AND COLLEGE READY
But what does it mean to be “college & career ready”?
In Kansas, College and Career Ready means an individual has the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, and employability skills to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation. This definition provides guidance and direction as schools transition to a new accreditation system that addresses not only academic skills but postsecondary goals as well.
Let’s look a bit closer at that definition. Academic preparation indicates the student will be able to meet the level of performance necessary on college readiness assessments to attend a post-secondary institution. Cognitive preparation establishes that the student is a problem solver, able to research, understand, and communicate with precision and accuracy. Technical skills allow a student to attain an industry recognized certificate that will enable them to advance in a career pathway.
When looking at employability skills, we’re considering basic skills like reading, writing, listening, speaking and math. But we also know students need the ability to be creative thinkers who can solve problems and explain why. They need strong interpersonal qualities that include responsible decision making, social awareness and self-management. And finally, students need to have lots of opportunities to engage in exploration and planning relevant to their interests or career preferences.
In an effort to support students as they navigate through all of these areas, KSDE recommends that districts implement individual plans of study for students in grades 8 through 12. Look for future information on that topic.
By 2020, 71% of the jobs in Kansas will require some kind of postsecondary education. Postsecondary Education includes 4-year colleges & universities, 2-year community colleges, technical colleges, apprenticeships, certificate programs and the military.
It has been said that high school is a floor, not a ceiling. As students at USD #449 graduate and move into the postsecondary world, we will be working together (families, community & school) to make sure they are equipped to make choices that fit their talents & interests because they have the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, and employability skills to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.
PRHS FFA MEAT JUDGING TEAM PLACES 10TH IN THE NATION
Four Pleasant Ridge High School students competed in the National Meats Judging Contest in Louisville, Kentucky this past week. The team of Jacob Allen, Galen Parsons, Leah Parsons and Kristina Silvers placed 10th among 43 teams from around the United States. Teams competing in the contest qualified in state competitions earlier this fall.
The competition included events in placings, identification of meat cuts, math formulation, a written exam, carcass grading, and a team problem solving activity. FFA Sponsor Mr. Gary Silvers commented “the students dedicated many hours and considerable amount of effort to represent their school, community and the State of Kansas in such a successful manner and I am very proud of them.” Congratulations to the PRHS FFA Meat Judging Team and Mr. Silvers.
BOY'S XC TEAM TAKES 2ND AT STATE
KRISTINA SILVERS PLACES 19th AND MEDALS IN GIRL'S RACE
The Boy's Cross Country team placed second as a team at the 3A State Cross Country Meet. Halstead High School won first place, followed by Pleasant Ridge High School and Anthony-Harper Chaparral High School in third. Head Coach Chad Hendrix said it was a close race and only two points separated Pleasant Ridge High School and Anthony-Harper Chaparral from the second and third place trophies.
Luke Oatney placed 9th, Tyler Darrow 36th, Ronny Jarred 40th, Dayton Flack 41st, Gabe Younger 54th, Noah Tattershall, 61st and Clayton Price 64th on a windy and cold race course. The Pleasant Ridge High School team outraced a number of high school teams who were favorites to win the race. The second place state finish at State caps a very successful season for the boy's team who are also the Regional and Northeast Kansas League Champion.
Kristina Silvers placed 19thin the girl's 3A race. Kristina ran the entire race in the top twenty competing against a very experienced and competitive field of women runners this year.
A congratulation to the Boy’s Cross Country team, Kristina Silvers and Head Coach Chad Hendrix and Assistant Coach Courtney Marsh and all of the parents of the runners. A season well done and thank you for representing Pleasant Ridge High School in an outstanding and successful manner this year.
Easton Board Approves 2014-2015 Budget
The Easton Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 budget on August 11, 2014. With approval of the budget, the board sanctioned a mill levy of 54.324 mills. This year’s mill levy reduces the mill levy nearly 2 mills compared to last year’s mill levy of 56.262 mills. The reduction in the mill levy will result in a tax savings of $22.26 for a person owning a $100,000 home.
The mill rate is comprised of levies for the general, supplemental general, capital outlay and bond and interest funds. The general fund mill levy is set by the State of Kansas at 20 mills for all school districts. Taxes collected for the general fund are collected by the County Treasurer and deposited with the Treasurer for the State of Kansas. The other funds mill levies are determined by the amount of money necessary to fund the budgets based on the assessed valuation of the school district.
The mill levies for the 2014-2015 school year are,
|Supplemental General Fund||18.806|
|Capital Outlay Fund||5.000|
|Bond and Interest Fund||10.518|
Property values are established annually and school districts receive from the County Clerk assessed valuations in June. There is one assessed valuation for the general fund and a different valuation for the other funds. The general fund assessed valuation for the Easton School District declined slightly this year from the previous year and the assessed valuation for the other funds increased a small amount. Generally speaking, as the district’s assessed valuation increases the mill levy decreases.
Based on the State of Kansas School Finance Law some school districts receive state aid based on the wealth of the school district. Since Easton is below the state average for wealth the State of Kansas provides the district 39 percent of our budget requirement for the capital outlay and bond and interest funds and local taxpayers finance the remainder through property taxes. The State of Kansas pays 55 percent of the district’s revenue needs for the supplemental general fund and local taxpayers the remaining 45 percent.
The bond and interest fund finances the principal and interest payments on the bonds for the construction of the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and the recent addition of thirteen classrooms to the school. Capital outlay money can be used for the purpose of acquiring property, construction, repair, remodeling, maintaining and equipping school district property and equipment, computer software, school buses and other school district vehicles.
If you have questions about the budget, please contact Mr. Charles Coblentz, Superintendent ofSchools at 913-651-9740.
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