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Hutchinson USD 308 BOE Approves Boundary Shift


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The USD 308 Board of Education approved a boundary shift for Graber Elementary and McCandless Elementary at their meeting on Monday (March 13, 2023).

At the March 13, 2023, meeting, Deputy Superintendent, Krystal Young, presented the boundary shift to Board members for discussion. The boundary changes shift the students on the East side of 61 Highway from Graber Elementary boundaries to McCandless boundaries. The change would be in effect for the 2023-2024 school year.

As a result of the growth in housing capacity at Commerce Gardens, USD 308 student population in the area south of K-61 is growing. The district currently buses students from south of K-61 to Graber Elementary.

“As a result of lower enrollment at McCandless, we have three combined-level classes.  We have one class that comprises both first and second graders, one class comprised of both third and fourth graders, and one class comprised of both fifth and sixth graders.  We would like to create some equity in class sizes in order to provide a quality education for all students at each grade level.  The rigor of our new language arts curriculum scaffolds learning from one year to the next, so having combined classrooms makes both teaching and learning an additional challenge,” said Superintendent of USD 308 Dr. Dawn Johnson.

Also during Monday’s meeting, the Board:

  • Heard updates from Superintendent Dr. Dawn Johnson on topics including:

    • Congratulations to Boys Basketball for placing 4th at State
    • Legislative session update
  • Heard Board Committee Reports

  • Approve Minutes of 2-27-2023 Meeting

  • Approved Accounts Payable Report – February 2023

  • Approved 2023-2024 Parents as Teachers Program Assurances

  • Approved Annual Frontline Renewal

  • Course Additions & Name Change Requests for 2023-2024

  • Approved Gifts to Schools

  • Approved Inter-Agency Agreement Renewal – Hutchinson USD 308

  • Approved Personnel Report

·   Click here to see the full detailed information on the Board Agenda.

The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting is Monday, March 27, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the USD 308 Administrative Center, 1520 N Plum.