USD 378 Riley County Superintendent Cliff Williams (left) and USD 384 Blue Valley/Randolph Superintendent Brady Burton (right). Photos courtesy Kansas State Department of Education

USD 378 Riley County and USD 384 Blue Valley/Randolph Schools recently went through building audits to measure educational growth.

Each year an outside visiting team visits each district through a five-year cycle. USD 378 Superintendent Cliff Burton says his district is moving forward with hiring of an at risk teacher to help improve reading skills from some students who may be falling behind.

      Cliff – more practice

For Blue Valley/Randolph, superintendent Brady Burton says his district is aiming to improve how they approach their goals.

      Brady good process

Both districts are in year two of the five-year audit and received glowing scores by the outside visiting team.

In addition, both districts are wrestling with how increased insurance costs may affect budgets in the 2019-2020 school year. Burton spoke about the challenges ahead as they’ll see a significant increase to insure employees next year.

      Brady – insurance

Williams says they haven’t seen new rates at USD 378 just yet. His district is part of a larger group to keep costs down for staff.

      Cliff = insurance

Both Burton and Williams remain hopeful for a resolution to the school funding lawsuit, which is handicapping the budgetary decisions for school districts.

USD 384 is celebrating the completion also of its recent building projects that were part of a 2017 school bond. An open house for the public to see firsthand the improvements at schools in Olsburg and Randolph is planned Sunday, according to Burton.

      Brady- Open House

The following day (Monday), the district is hosting another annual favorite event.

      Brady-pork chop bbq

The dinner and art show starts at 5:30 p.m. and the music program starts at 7 p.m. Sunday’s open house and Monday’s events are all open to the public.


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