USD 494 was selected as one of 48 sites for the Kansas Can Success Tour. State Board member Brad Neuenswander, and Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson will come to Syracuse High School for a 90-minute discussion on the future of Kansas education on Wednesday, July 28th from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m
Everyone is encouraged to attend especially administrative teams, local Board of Education members, teachers, higher education officials from your area, local business leaders, parents, especially site council and active parents, and students. Anyone in the community who has an interest in school!
USD #494 Superintendent Paul Larkin said, “This is a great opportunity for the community to give it’s input for the vision of schools in Kansas.”
Surrounding school districts are encouraged to bring these same participant groups.
Larkin also visited with Congressman Tracey Mann when he came to Syracuse last Thursday. Congressman Mann noted his district is the third largest in ag production in the United States in dollars -over 12 billion dollars.
Paul Larkin added USD 494 is the largest school district by area in the state of Kansas, just under 1,000 square miles. It is not the largest county but larger counties have more than one school district.
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He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen Cook; and stepfather, Herschel Melton.
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