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Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A Nice Honor For Halstead

Today it was announced that Halstead-Bentley USD 440 School District was one of the 16 school districts in the state of Kansas to be awarded the highest rating by Standard & Poor's Education Evaluation Program. The KC Star reported:


A preliminary report from analysts at Standard & Poor's has given
16 Kansas school districts its top rating when it comes to using their money to reach academic goals. The list was released Tuesday by S&P and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who called the information key to ensuring that the state's 300 school districts are getting the most from tax dollars, a subject of years of litigation and political rancor.

The 16 school districts rated "highly resource effective" are Arkansas City, Baldwin City, Geary County, Halstead,Hays, Hesston, Lincoln, Macksville, Nickerson, Renwick, Rock Creek, Scott County, Spearville, Stafford, Vermillion, and Wamego. The study looked at districts with more than 200 students, or 264 of the 300 districts.


Halstead has done this while spending less than the state average on instruction which is going to be cannon fodder for Democrats who are against the Republican idea of mandating 65% of state money on curriculum and instruction. From my stand point Halstead has been able to be successful by finding, recruiting, hiring and retaining a quality staff. That staff has then helped to find other quality teachers. I am sure that there are other factors but if I was to choose one it would have to be the quality of our teachers.

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