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Superintendent's Corner

Posted Date: 01/20/2022

Superintendent's Corner

There are some things in life that you remember better than others.  These events might be graduations, your wedding, the birth of kids or other special times that make a positive mark on your life.

The first in-service I had with all district staff in August of 2016 is one memory that I will never forget.  I focused my presentation on “The Message” with our staff.  I talked to staff about how important “The Message” is in our school district.  In the world we live in, there is a message that occurs all of the time with all of our social media options.  I told our staff that we might as well be in charge of “The Message” because someone will be.  We need to share the great things that are happening in our school system.  

In our district, we try to get information out on our students and staff accomplishments in a timely manner in all forms of social media and with the Coffey County Republican.  We are so blessed to have students and staff that excel in so many academic and extra-curricular activities.  “The Message” in USD 244 is that we are building successful young adults to take on the challenges of life after high school.  This work happens at BES, BMS, BHS, and BRIDGES.   

Our teachers and staff need to be celebrated now more than ever.  Since March of 2020, we have done things in public education that we never dreamed we would do.  “The Message” is our people are EXCELLENT!  Now more than ever we need to come together and realize the importance of education as we need people to fill jobs effectively in all employment areas.

A recent study of jobs for our graduates shows that about 25% of the jobs require four years or more of college.  That means that 75% of the jobs require some other sort of training that is less than four years of college.  High school graduates need to be prepared more than ever to be successful after they graduate.  “The Message” we have tried to share with our students and staff is that learning also occurs outside of the walls of our school buildings.  We have increased the number of kids going to Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia in the past 6 years with 16 juniors and seniors going for half a day as part of their education.  We also have over 30 kids participating in internships in our community. We believe that these educational opportunities will help provide the training necessary for our students to enter the work force and be successful.

If you ever have any questions, please contact me at or call me at 620-364-8478 EXT. 3040.

Happy New Year!



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Burlington USD 244
301 Neosho Street
Burlington, Kansas 66839

District Office Regular Schedule:
M-F / 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 
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Phone: 620-364-8478
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