It's hard to believe that September is over, we've already had the AHS vs ACHS football game and we are closing in on the end of the 1st quarter of school. Things seem to have settled in nicely and that doesn't just happen. It takes everyone, working together, to get to this point. I challenged each of us to "add value" to the Andover Schools, and from all indications, that is indeed happening.
Just like with all of us, the Board of Education is working to do their part to "add value" to the district. Last Monday night, they held a workshop to discuss their role, how they conduct business and what each of them can individually do to strengthen the BOE and district. The end product will be some type of Board handbook. It was awesome to see the BOE be just as committed to excellence as the rest of us. We are fortunate to have them on our team!
Last week the Facilities Steering Committee met to discuss the potential options that David Jackson and I shared at your schools. After an hour of small group discussion, the entire team got back together and appears to have reached consensus on several key points listed below:
The A-List contains additional information about the Facilities Study so check it out if you are interested. We'll keep you posted as this continues to evolve. Don't hesitate to send me any specific questions.
This weekend is the annual Greater Andover Days! It is a nice celebration for the community and we have a lot of school groups participating including some nice musical performances last night in the park. I know all of our groups will represent the district well. If you would like more GAD information, follow this link.
Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a wonderful weekend! We Are Andover!!
Greetings All! Hope this finds you well and settling into the school year. Hard to believe we are already three weeks into the year! We've had a great start and that doesn't happen by accident. Thanks for all your planning and hard work!
On Saturday night Janie Hachen, CES 2nd grade, and Nicole Kallenbach, ACHS Social Studies, represented our district at the regional Kansas Teacher of the Year celebration. I'd like to thank Janie and Nicole for their professionalism, dedication and passion for students! Andover is proud of you ladies! Thanks for representing us in such a positive way.
We have a Board of Education meeting tonight. As always, BOE meeting information can be found on BoardDocs. Several items of interest:
As always, please don't hesitate to let me know if you have questions or comments. Have a great week!! Thanks again for all you do to make Andover a special place for our students!
Greetings Andover Team,
The momentum continues to build toward the 2016-17 school year and I'm getting excited to see everyone back! Many of you have been working all summer to get things ready and it shows! Thanks for your efforts!!
New teachers started earlier this week and we have an extremely talented group of people joining us. Once they settle in, they will add tremendous value to the district. I know you will welcome them along with all the other new additions to our team.
I look forward to seeing all of you on Monday, August 15 at ACHS for our opening session! A light breakfast will be served beginning at 7:15 and the program starts promptly at 8:00.
See you soon. Greg
Kansas School Superintendents Urge You to VOTE!
Just a quick reminder to VOTE in the primary elections on Aug. 2. Your primary vote really does matter as approximately 80% of the Kansas Republican primary winners go on to win the November election. The last several months have been interesting with the uncertainty surrounding the state budget, school funding and a potential school shut down. As you know, the legislature came to an agreement at the end of June and school operations continued as usual. But the experience drove home the point of the important role our elected officials play in our school community. Please do your research and take this opportunity to vote. Your vote does count; let your voice be heard!
Superintendent of Schools
USD 385- Andover Public Schools
Greetings All - as I'm sure you know by now, on Friday the Kansas Legislature passed a revised school finance bill. The legal experts say the new bill WILL satisfy the Supreme Court and there is no danger of schools closing. You can read the news outlets for details but basically, the Legislature reverted back to the funding formula that was in place before the Block Grant for LOB and Capital Outlay. They also removed additional money from state virtual schools. The general fund budget didn't change and is still on the Block Grant.
How does this impact us overall? -- We break even. Our budget for next year will be much like we planned this spring. It goes down in Virtual and Local Option Budget, up in Capital Outlay and stays the same in General Fund.
So, all that drama leads us right back to where we thought we would be. As I've mentioned several times, in Spring 2015 we made budget modifications (cuts and fee increases) in order to plan a 2-year budget and get through the Block Grant.
Remember, a totally new funding formula needs to be developed for the 2017-18 school year and the Legislature needs to begin working on that this fall.
The best news, Kansas schools will stay open and our regular activities can continue! Enjoy your summer and please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.