A Message from the Superintendent
According to Scott Rothschild from the Kansas Association of School Boards, state officials say that Kansas seems on the verge of taking advantage of many opportunities, but also faces numerous challenges as we examine the future of public education. What opportunities? First—The Kansas State Board of Education’s Kansans Can vision, the goal of which is for Kansas to lead the world in the success of each student, has gained broad, bi-partisan support. Second— The 2016 election produced a much more education friendly Legislature than during the previous four years. Third—The recent K-12 finance decision by the Kansas Supreme Court settled the question of whether schools are adequately funded—They Are NOT---and gave the Legislature a solid deadline of June 30th to fix the system. The challenges are many! First---Even with a more education friendly Legislature, it will be difficult to find the revenue “cash” needed to provide adequate funding given the state’s severe budget problems. Cost estimates to increase funding range from $300 million to more than $800 million. Second—Kansas needs to drastically increase the number of students who are seeking a post-secondary degree or industry training certificate after graduating high school. In 2010 only 65% of Kansas high school graduates enrolled in a college program and of that 65% only 40% have earned a degree. Third---It is estimated that in the near future 70% of jobs in Kansas will require some sort of post-secondary training or degree certification. More challenges? Yes, education will continue to face more and more challenges ranging from increasing Kindergarten Readiness skills, meeting the ever growing need for social & emotional support for students, teacher shortages, alcohol and drug prevention, providing professional development for teacher growth and learning, social media, bullying & harassment, etc… In order to keep education alive, growing, and moving forward in Kansas we must believe in the vision of Kansans Can. Failure is not an option! There will be bumps, there will be pot holes, there will be insurmountable challenges that must be overcome. As graduations commence and the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, Mission Valley USD 330 will stay committed to planning for the future of the education for our current students and all future students. Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2017 for their hard work and dedication that they have put in the last 13 years---------------and at the same time………we would like to welcome next year’s Kindergarten class………..the Class of 2030. We look forward to witnessing the success of both classes as they move on to a new journey.
Yours in education,
William J. Clark, Superintendent/Director of Special Services