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Dr. Whitener's Acceptance Remarks at KSDE

Dr. Whitener's Acceptance Remarks at KSDE

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:51
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Video of Dr. Mark Whitener's Acceptance Remarks

USD 353 School District was 1 of  7 selectees for the KSDE "Kansas Can School Redesign Project"...read more about the project below.

Courtesy of KSDE Website

In support of Kansas’ vision for education, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has launched the Kansans Can School Redesign project.

Kansas school districts were invited to apply to become one of seven districts selected for the redesign project. To be considered for the project, districts had to designate one elementary school and one secondary school to be redesigned around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful Kansas high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want their schools to look like in the future. Each district also had to have support of their local school board, their faculty and their local Kansas National Education Association or other professional organization.

KSDE received 29 applications, and on Aug. 8, 2017, the seven selected districts, each representing one of the Mercury 7 astronauts, were announced.

The seven school districts — 14 schools — will serve as demonstration sites for others in Kansas to study, learn and visit. The new school designs are slated for launch in the 2018-2019 school year.


Wellington USD 353 // Olathe USD 233 // Coffeyville USD 445 // Twin Valley USD 240 // Liberal USD 480 // McPherson USD 418 // Stockton USD 271



Wellington High School Principal John Buckendorff shared the news with his staff via email from Topeka today - "I am honored and excited that we were chosen as one of the 7 districts to represent Kansas as part of the school redesign team. This is such an exciting adventure and I look forward to working together to determine what exactly that looks like. What a great family we are and I truly believe we are doing what's best for kids."

Congratulations USD 353!!