April 28, 2016
Dear USD 460 Families,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of our school district’s intent to end the 2015-16 school year on Friday, May 20 at noon adjusted from our originally planned last day of school which had been set for Tuesday, May 24 with a noon dismissal. The USD 460 Board of Education approved this change at a special meeting held on Wednesday, April 27.
You may have seen or read recently of a number of area school districts which have decided to end their school year early to save on expenses. Although we are in the same situation in terms of budgetary challenges as many other districts in Kansas, the purpose of Hesston Schools ending early is to recognize the hard work of our staff and students this year. We see this as a way of saying thank you to our people. For that reason, all employees will be paid for the work they would do on the one and a half days we have eliminated from this year’s calendar.
As our Board of Education considered this as an option to show appreciation for our people, there were several things considered. We looked at the number of student contact hours required by law to ensure ending the year early would keep us above this threshold for all students. We also recognized the fact that we had no inclement weather days for the 2015-16 school year. We discussed any other logistical challenges this change could cause and all of those have been addressed including adjustments to our high school finals schedule and the 8th grade promotion date which will remain on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 pm.
One of our primary concerns is that this change in plans will create hardships for some families to find childcare on Monday, May 23 and in the morning on Tuesday, May 24. Our hope is that this early notification will allow everyone an opportunity to make arrangements for their children.
We have had a great year in Hesston Schools and we look forward to even greater things in the future. On behalf of the entire staff in USD 460, it is an incredible honor to work with each child in our care, and we appreciate the relationship we have with our families in this wonderful community of Hesston. As is always the case, please call or email anytime if you have any questions about this topic or anything else we do as a school district.
Superintendent of Schools