The Kansas State Board of Education named McPherson USD 418 as one of the seven Kansas school districts participating in the Kansans Can School Redesign Project.

School and community leaders will be present at the state board meeting on August 8th for official recognition of this designation.

This recognition was at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Kansas Department of Education Building in Topeka.

USD 418 Superintendent Gordon Mohn briefly addressed the board regarding reasons why the school district is joining this effort.

“It is a distinct honor to join the efforts of other Kansas schools that are willing to look differently at how we prepare students to be successful adults,” Mohn said. “McPherson has a long tradition of designing our schools to meet the needs of students and the community. For us, this is the ‘next step’ in the district’s Citizenship, College and Career Readiness (C3) efforts.”

Each district selected was required to name an elementary and secondary school in the district to participate in the effort. Eisenhower Elementary and McPherson Middle School are representing USD 418.

“Other schools in the district will benefit from the redesign efforts at Eisenhower and the Middle School,” Mohn said. “While EES and MMS will be taking the lead, our work will have an impact on all buildings.”

Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, will address staff and the community on Aug. 11. Watson will be part of the district’s back-to-school activities scheduled for that day.

Community members are invited to join district employees for Watson’s presentation beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the McPherson High School Theater. Watson’s presentation will be followed with a question and answer session from 11:15-11:45.

Watson is beginning his third year as the state’s commissioner of education. Prior to moving to Topeka, Watson served as superintendent of the McPherson school district.

Many of the initiatives now being actively pursued at the state level are an extension of the Citizenship, College and Career Readiness initiative created during Watson’s tenure with the district.

“It is an honor to have Dr. Watson return to McPherson and address our staff and the community about the future of education in Kansas,” Mohn said. “Dr. Watson will speak about efforts to realize the State Board of Education’s vision that Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.”