Fairfield Parents and Community,
This is a reflection on finishing my “Soup with the Supe” tour around the district. Five stops started in January, the first stop was in Arlington and the last in Plevna, April 20th.
We had 78 participants. We do plan on having the tour next year but starting it sooner in the school year. My goal would be to try and double the number of participants. There was great discussion throughout each meeting. I would like to highlight some of the main points that were shared and some of the common questions asked.
Academically, we are challenged with many things. Our focus will be having graduates of Fairfield be as prepared as possible for their future endeavors. Our high school graduation rate is excellent! We have great programs like the Agriculture and music programs. A goal is to expand that outward and strengthen our growing programs like Business and FACS. We will continue to direct resources to having the best, most efficient teaching materials to meet the needs of the curriculum and standards in the core subjects.
As a district, we would like to see more students participate in taking the ACT each year. This will help identify strengths and weaknesses for those interested in post-secondary schooling.
The district is planning on altering parent/teacher conferences at the MS/HS level to focus more on careers and strengths of each student to establish stronger partnerships with the parents and school. Along those lines, we would like to offer opportunities to students and parents to tour campuses in Kansas at the community college, university, and technical schools.
There are needs for capital improvements and additions at the school. If you have been to the school in recent times and seen the students PreK-12 all on one campus, you know that there are unique needs for space and updates.
The lunchroom serves breakfast and lunch to most all of our 310 students enrolled. There are needs for space in the kitchen and seating area. The federal guideline of servings and differences for each age group challenges the kitchen staff each day.
We have a need for at least four permanent classrooms with a bathroom to accommodate. Our temporary portable classrooms need to be replaced somehow. We also need more gym space and locker room space to accommodate PE classes and practice space.
It is important to note: There will always be a need for a school in western Reno county. Fairfield is not going away! Our student numbers are holding steady and the largest classes are at the primary grades while the smallest classes are in the high school. This is good sign of consistency if not even growth. The school board’s objective is to do what is needed to continue providing a student focused educational experience here at USD 310.
We appreciate the input from everyone in attendance and look forward to continuing the discussions in to the next tour that will start in the fall. I am open to naming the tour something else; if you have any ideas, let me know!
Thank you for all of your support!
Superintendent of Schools USD 310 Fairfield