Leavenworth Unified School District 453

News and Announcements

Nicholson and Reed Honored at KSDE Teacher of the Year Event

On Sunday, September 11, district finalists were recognized during a ceremony in Topeka for the KSDE Region 2 2017 Kansas Teacher of the Year award. This year, 103 educators across the state were nominated for the distinction honoring teaching excellence in elementary and secondary classrooms. USD 453’s elementary teacher of the year, Patty Nicholson – Henry Leavenworth, and secondary teacher of the year, Emily Reed – Richard Warren Middle School, were in attendance and joined by friends and family for the recognition luncheon.
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Hometown Olympian Visits LHS

Olympic marathon runner, Amy (Hastings) Cragg, who finished ninth in the 2016 Rio Olympics paid a recent visit to Leavenworth High School, where she graduated from in 2002.
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Late Start Days

The district will observe Late Start Days for staff professional development on the following dates: September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12. Leavenworth High School and Warren Middle School hours will be 9:25 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. Elementary School hours will be 9:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Students wishing to eat breakfast on late start days should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the school day.
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School Finance Update

This week, the Kansas Supreme Court formally approved a school finance bill that was developed and passed during a Special Session of the Kansas Legislature on June 23-24. The Court was satisfied that the new bill, which added approximately $38 million from various sources, provides a constitutionally sound school finance system specific to equalization. Governor Brownback signed the bill into law on Monday, June 27, and the Court's review took place within 24 hours. Most importantly, the total of these collaborative efforts of all parties involved avoids a disruption of the 2016-17 school calendar. With the equity component of ongoing school finance litigation resolved, attorneys for the state and plaintiff school districts will focus their attention on the much larger issue of whether or not the Legislature is adequately funding schools as obligated by the Kansas Constitution. Oral arguments specific to the adequacy issue are anticipated to take place this Fall.
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School Finance Update

Yesterday, June 8, Governor Sam Brownback announced that the Kansas Legislature will return for a special session on school finance on June 23, just one week before the Kansas Supreme Court deadline to fix the law.
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