- Human Resources
- Meet Our Team
- Our Commitment to Non-Discrimination
- Teacher Certification Information
- State Exchange Agreement
- Personnel Issues
No matter your role, at USD 453 we are all educators working toward the same goal. As a team, we value one another and collaborate. We challenge one another to raise the bar. We create environments that foster creativity and innovation. We make it a point to recognize and celebrate our successes. And, most of all, we hold one another accountable to our mission: preparing every student for success in every classroom, every day.
Our Human Resources Department is a full-service team. We commit to ensuring USD 453 remains a great workplace. We welcome new teammates with a comprehensive onboarding process while supporting employee needs. USD 453 fosters growth through enriching training and development opportunities.
USD 453 is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The district is an equal opportunity employer and shall not discriminate in its employment practices and policies with respect to hiring, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or genetic information. Discrimination on any of these characteristics will not be tolerated. The district will make reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who need them for medical or religious reasons, as required by law.
Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to:
Dr. Kellan Adams, Superintendent of Schools, 200 N 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048 or by phone at (913) 684-1400.
Direct any further inquiries to:
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Gateway Tower II
400 State Ave., Suite 905
Kansas City, KS 66101
Kansas Human Rights Commission
900 SW Jackson, Suite 568-S
Topeka, KS 66612-1258
United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
One Petticoat Lane
1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
All teachers employed by USD 453 must be certified teachers of the State of Kansas.
For more information, contact the Kansas State Department of Education:
- (785) 296-2288
- 20 SE 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612
Below are links and guidance on renewing or obtaining your Kansas Teaching License with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE):
The following states have Licensure Exchange Agreements with the State of Kansas:
- South Dakota
These agreements allow teachers and school specialists who completed their approved university education program in one of these states and are currently licensed in that state to obtain a two-year exchange license in Kansas while they complete any additional Kansas Licensing requirements. Individuals licensed in states not belonging to the exchange agreement may obtain a one-year temporary non-renewable Kansas license while they complete the Kansas pre-certification testing requirements.
For more information:
Leavenworth USD 453 is a public school district, and as an employer, we must balance student safety with the public’s right to know and employees’ rights to fairness and due process.
USD 453 recognizes that it can be frustrating for individuals and community members when they read, hear, or are told that the district “can not discuss personnel matters.” When personnel matters are not elaborated on or fully communicated, it can result in speculation or unsubstantiated gossip about why important information is being hidden. At times, it would seem easier if all facts related to a staffing change could be shared and released.
While student safety remains our top priority, and we know that transparency is important to our families and patrons, there are three general reasons why employee-related information cannot be shared on specific occasions.
- Fairness - As an employer, Leavenworth USD 453 has a responsibility to treat all staff members fairly. This is also true when there are allegations of wrong-doing, and individual claims are being reviewed and investigated in a fair and professional manner. Those rights are spelled out in Kansas law, and also supported by Board policy. Staff members deserve dignity, respect, and to not have details of their record of employment discussed by their employer in a public forum, or shared openly with others.
- The Need for a Thorough Review - Employment situations, including those that involve discipline or allegations of wrong-doing, are rarely straight forward. All complaints and/or allegations of inappropriate behavior require a thorough review to ensure a fair outcome not only for students/families, but also for the district and implicated staff. The timing of an investigation might not always satisfy the information needs of interested individuals. However, a premature or partial release of information could violate due process of an individual and/or jeopardize the outcome of a thorough review. Leavenworth USD 453 remains committed to conducting a fair and professional review of all complaints and concerns.
- Legal Matters - Leavenworth USD 453 employees are protected by specific rights defined by state law. In addition, the district could be faced with legal action as the result of disciplinary action, including suspension and/or termination. If USD 453 were to violate legal protections, the district could be subject to litigation with the potential for financial impact on taxpayers, as well as our schools. Legal matters that are deemed to be criminal in scope are immediately referred to local law enforcement. The school district is committed to protecting resources that are best directed towards achieving desired student outcomes, while also ensuring that employment rights are respected.
Leavenworth USD 453 is committed to preparing students for success in every classroom, every day. At the same time, we believe that our staff members should be treated respectfully and by the rules. While no two situations are the same, there will be times when Leavenworth USD 453 and/or the Board of Education will be unable to provide information related to matters affecting students and/or staff members.
If you have questions or concerns about a member of our school community, you are strongly encouraged to visit the district’s Human Resources department (913-684-1400).
- Substitute Teaching Assignments
- Substitute Teacher Workday
- Pay Rates
- Pay Schedule and Submission
- Substitute Credentials
USD 453 utilizes Absence Management for teacher coverage and Substitute Teacher placement. You can access Absence Management through this link. If you have any questions, contact our Human Resources Department at (913) 684-1400.
Schools have various starting times. Substitutes must be in the building at least 25 minutes before and after the school day. 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. is an elementary full day. At the secondary level, a full day runs from 7:25 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Both include a duty-free 30-minute lunch. How often you work depends on your willingness to work in classroom settings and school buildings. Being flexible with the types of assignments and the number of schools could allow work during most days that school is in session.
Substitute teachers receive pay biweekly. Paychecks are direct deposited unless otherwise specified. Substitute teachers should verify all time and absence records on a weekly basis. Any corrections will need the supervisor’s approval. Substitutes should direct all questions about records to the Business Office. Substitutes should submit their hours online to the Payroll Office. This must happen no later than Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. following the end of the pay period.
Substitute teachers need to have a valid Kansas Teaching License, Kansas Standard Substitute License, or Kansas Emergency Substitute License issued by the Kansas State Department of Education Licensure Department. It is the substitute's responsibility to ensure that a current license is on file in our Human Resources Department.