Friday Night Football vs. Minneola on Sept 10th
This Friday, Sept 10th, Spearville will host Minneola in football beginning at 7pm. At this game we will recognize the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our country. All current and former military personnel, along with all first responders, will have free admission to our football game that night. We will have a flag ceremony dedicated to our military and first responders beginning at 6:50pm. Please make plans to attend a special evening and enjoy a great football game.
After School Program-New Location Beginning Sept 1st
Beginning tomorrow, September 1st, our after school program will be housed in our new commons area. Students will start out in the commons area, and weather permitting, have days that they end the program outside on the back playground. Protocol for picking up your child from after school program will be as follows:
Commons Area: Should your child be in the commons area, please call 385-6322. This number rings directly into the commons area for the program coordinator to know you are in front and ready for pick up and they will send your child out the front entrance door. Safety of students requires all doors to the school to be locked. A phone call will be the only way to notify staff that you are present. Due to schedule changes, etc. it might be best practice to contact this room first. If no answer, then pull around to the back.
Play Ground: Should your child be on the playground, you may use the alley for pick up.
As a reminder, all students should be picked up no later than 5pm.
Activity Schedule for this week (Aug. 30th)
Tuesday High School Volleyball @ Cimarron
4:30 JV vs. Minneola (South Net)
5:30 JV vs. Cimarron (South Net)
6:00 Varsity vs. Minneola (North Net)
7:00 Varsity vs. Cimarron (North Net)
High School and JH Cheer @ Dodge City Spirit Spreader during the school day.
High School/Junior High Cross Country @ Meade
4:00 JH Girls
4:20 JH Boys
4:40 HS Girls
5:15 HS Boys
Junior High Volleyball/Football @ Spearville vs. South Gray
4:00 B-Team Volleyball
5:00 A-Team Volleyball
High School Football @ Bucklin 7pm Kickoff
Aug. 26th: HS VB scrimmage in the HS gym @ 6pm. Admission to the scrimmage is a pack of Gatorade. Cross Country athletes will be recognized at the VB scrimmage.
Aug. 27th: HS FB team will travel to Otis-Bison for a scrimmage at 7pm against Otis-Bison, La Crosse, & Central Plains. There will be a concession stand open, and a live feed of the scrimmage for patrons who can not attend. We will share the link for the live feed once we receive it. There is no admission cost for this scrimmage.
After School Program Update: (8/20/21)
After School Program Update: After School Program will temporarily be housed in the elementary gym. You may use the alley to gain access to the back of the school. Please pick your children up at the South gym door no later than 5pm.
Senior Parents: (8/16/21)
After School Program Will Begin Monday, Aug. 23rd
Our elementary after school program will begin on Monday, Aug. 23rd. This program is for Kindergarten-5th grade students and is from 3:17-5:00pm Monday-Thursday of each week. Your child must be picked up by 5pm. There is no after school program on days we have no school.
Elementary Starting in the New Building on Monday, Aug. 23rd.
BREAKFAST STUDENTS: Breakfast students are to be dropped off at the HS commons area for grades K-5. These students will be escorted by a staff member to the elementary school (in cases of inclement weather, the students will be bussed). Breakfast for elementary students will be served from 7:20-7:35. Elementary students will not be served breakfast after 7:35. This policy is enforced to ensure that they have plenty of time to eat and make it to class pick up on time.
ELEMENTARY DROP OFF: Drop off consists of one-way traffic to prevent children from crossing the road. Please reference the map for guidance on traffic flow for the safety of all children (Enter from Davis Street on the North and exit onto Stafford Street). The doors will open at 7:30. Any child dropped off prior to this time will be unsupervised. Beginning at 7:30, children will be escorted into our storm shelter where their teachers will pick them up. Students should be at their desk ready to learn no later than 7:50. Any student arriving after 7:50 will be counted tardy.
OPEN HOUSE: We will host an open house to all community members beginning at 5:30pm on Monday, Aug. 23rd. We will serve hamburgers/hot dogs at this come and go event.
Elementary Drop Off/Pick Up Updated 8/16/2021
Due to safety concerns, ALL elementary students should be picked up at the drop off location outside the old HS gym (on the West side next to the band room).
Elementary Start Plan 8/10/21
All elementary students will be attending school at the MS/HS until further notified.
After School Program
Until the elementary bldg. is released, we will NOT be having our after school program. All spaces at the MS/HS are occupied and we will be unable to house that until we move into the elementary building. We will notify all parents of the start date for this program once we are in and it has been approved.
First Day of School
Parents should plan to stay for short 10 min introductory/information meeting with our new principal, Mrs. Butler in the old HS gym. We will host this meeting on both start dates below.
* The first day of school for 1st-5th grades will be Thursday, Aug. 12th and is a half day of school. Dismissal on this day will be 11:30.
*First day for Pre-K & Kindergarten will be Monday, Aug. 16th. There is also a screening for all Pre-K & Kinder students on Aug. 12th. If you have not already reserved a spot for this screening, please visit our website under the Quicklinks to do so.
Drop Off Plan
*Regular Drop Off: Travel North on Pine St. and drop your student off on the West side of the Old HS gym as shown in GREEN on the map. Students are to enter the side door next to the band room. Staff members will be present beginning at 7:30 to let students in and supervise them. At 7:40, all elementary teachers will go to the gym to pick up their students and walk them to their classrooms. If your child arrives later than 7:40, please drop them off at the HS office. Students should be at their desk ready to learn no later than 7:50am.
*Breakfast Drop Off: Students arriving for breakfast should be dropped off at the main entrance to the HS as show in ORANGE on the map. Breakfast is served in the HS commons area for grades K-5. These students will be escorted by a staff member in time for teacher pick up. Breakfast will be served from 7:20-7:35. Elementary students will not be served breakfast after 7:35. This policy is enforced to ensure that they have plenty of time to eat and make it to class pick up on time.
Drop off consists of one-way traffic to prevent children from crossing the road. Please reference the map for guidance on traffic flow for the safety of all children.
Pick Up Plan
* Pre-K & Kindergarten student pick up will be outside the band room (notated in PURPLE).
*1st-5th grade pick up will be on Pine St. outside the MS building (notated in BLUE).
MS/HS Updates 8/10/21
This evening, August 10th we will have 6th Grade and new student orientation beginning at 6:00pm in the high school commons. Students will have an opportunity to hear about expectations and follow their schedule to find all of their classrooms. At 7:00 this evening, we will have our fall sports parent meeting. This meeting will begin in the HS commons before we break out into separate rooms for specific sports. It is also worth mentioning that our BOE approved JH Cross Country last night. Therefore, if any students JH and HS wish to participate in cross country, your parent meeting will be held tonight as well.
On Thursday, August 12th, we will have our first day of school. The first day is a half day with us dismissing students at 11:30. MS/HS students who will be participating in sports will need to stay after school so that we can conduct our SWAY testing with all of our athletes. We will serve these students lunch that day. Prior to testing, we ask students to download the SWAY app.
HS football players will check out pads after SWAY testing has been completed. JH football players will check out pads after school on Friday. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rueb via email at email@example.com.
6th Grade & New Student Orientation
Orientation will be held at the high school on Aug. 10th @ 6pm for all 6th grade students and any new students entering grades 7th-12th.
We are working hard to prepare for your return. Due to unforeseen delays with the construction of our new elementary building, the following changes are taking place:
Continue to check here for updates. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Parents
Please sign up for the required Ages and Stages Screener for all incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten students. This screener provides important information on your child's development. This process requires a parent/legal guardian and your child. This will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will take place at the high school library on August 12th. Please sign up HERE to reserve your time slot.
June 28, 2021
|Classroom doorways are painted to match the color theme for that hallway. This is our 5th grade classrooms in the blue hallway.|
|The green hallway features our SPED suite.|
|Purple hallway includes 2-3 grades, SPED Classroom, conference room, as well as our student restrooms.|
|The secretary office will sport a blue wall.|
|Our new teacher workroom is sporting a red focal wall.
|A view our our entry ways along our existing hallway. The doorway on the left leads to the teacher workroom. The end of the hallway leads you to the new bldg.|
|Pass through from the old bldg to the new bldg.|
|Demo of the existing bathroom seating area.|
|Preparations being made for hand washing stations outside the bathrooms.|
|Sheet rock going back up in the hallways where the old tile was removed.|
|Existing classroom undergoing necessary renovations to become a proper music room.|
|Classroom closet and cubby areas taking shape in the new bldg. Lights installed and working.|
|Groundwork taking place between the school & playground. (Playground equipment still closed to the public with the pouring of the new cement, etc)|
|Trim installed along the outside of the bldg.|
|Covered walkway at the front of the bldg is seeing progress.|
June 1, 2021
|May 6th: Pillars being built that will support the covered walkway in front of the school.|
|May 23rd: Hallways being emptied now that school is out. Everything being removed from walls. Time for renovations to begin on this bldg.|
|What was our temporary workroom for this past school year (or should I say work HALLWAY) has only the copiers left to be removed. This will be the joining hallway, at the end, to the new bldg, as well as have a doorway cut into the the left wall to enter our new workroom. Same renovations will take place here as well.
The seating in front of the bathrooms will be torn down and new seating will be built to match our new bldg. The bathrooms will be remodeled. This will include the removal of the sinks inside and hand washing stations to be installed outside the bathrooms.
|New floor is going down in layers in the gym. Can also see some of the new HVAC system that has been installed.|
|Tile coming down throughout the bldg. Will have updated tile & a fresh coat of paint to complete the new look.|
|Brickwork completed on the back side of the new bldg that faces South to the gym.|
|Brickwork completed on the West side of the new bldg. This picture was taken standing in front of the gym looking North.|
|Brickwork continuing on the North side of the new bldg.|
|Coat of sealer going up on the classroom walls.|
|Framework & plumbing for the cabinetry & sink, cubby area, as well as closet in classrooms up.|
|June 1st: Construction on the rest of the dirt work taking place on the South side of the school. The playground has been closed until further notice.|
April 15, 2021
More of the building is starting to take shape. You can see the hallway in front of the offices which will be the front entrance to the building. More of the eterior brick is visible as well.
|Front View Showing Hallways|
|Another Front View Showing Hallways|
Looking out the entrance from the secretary's office
Front hallway looking North showing window into principal's office on the left
Front hallway view showing exterior windows
|Brick laying at start of day on the south side.|
|Brick laying at the end of day.|
April 9, 2021
Front offices are taking shape.
Views inside the front office.
Rear bathrooms and back hallway.
Inside the storm shelter including view of the serving area.
SPED suite wing
March 25, 2021
The last exterior wall going up!
February 26, 2021
The storm shelter, structures within that shelter, and more classrooms are beginning to take shape. Restroom plumbing can be seen sprouting from the cement floor.
|Restroom Plumbing||Storage, serving area and restrooms within the storm shelter|
|Exterior view of the storm shelter||Seating and hand washing station outside the restrooms|
February 5, 2021
So much progress to behold and so many walls erected. If you have stepped inside the MS/HS for any sporting events, etc. you may have noticed painted cinder blocks are the finished product for their walls. This project will be no different. With that knowledge, the realization of just how much has taken place begins to sink in. Especially when you also find out that the electrical, etc is being ran as they go. These gentlemen have toughed out some extremely cold temperatures and faced the elements under their tarps to keep moving forward. Exciting things taking place. (A special thanks to Caleb Rhoades for providing the aerial photos.)
January 8, 2021
With Thanksgiving and Christmas break stepping in on the building project and limiting the number of days for progress, the crew has has been hard at work. Room, windows and doors are beginning to take shape.
Oct 23rd: Cement floors are poured and walls are going up!!!!
A lot has been accomplished in just a few short months. The ground has been leveled, concrete frames assembled, rebar installed, and cement being poured. The new building is beginning to take shape.
The new playground was completed this month. The students and staff alike were thrilled to have access to such a terrific play area.The giggles and grins were visible all day long.
The playground equipment is installed. Crew members are in the the process of pouring sand, which will be followed by installation of foam and topped off with turf.
The old section of the elementary building has been completely demolished. What once started as a Catholic School, stands no longer. There is still lots of ground work left to do in order to begin construction on what will be the new face of our elementary school.
A time capsule was discovered in the cornerstone. However, upon opening, it was discovered that the vessel was full of water and everything inside was unsalvageable.
June 24th: Demolition began this week.
June 17th: A ground breaking ceremony was held at 7:30am at the elementary school.
Left to Right: Christopher Korbe (Elementary Principal), Daryl Stegman (Superintendent),
Ron Stein (Head Maintenance), Randy Mettling (Board Member), Michael Hubbell (Board President),
Erin Huston (Board Member), Riley Schmidt (Board Member), Ron Temaat (Mayor), & Brad Ackerman (Board Member).
Daryl Stegman (Superintendent) & Brad Rice (Coonrod & Associates)
June 16th: Fence was taken down around the back playground (will be relocated around the new playground) and dirt work has begun in order to install turf and new playground equipment.
Gas lines in old section of the building have been disconnected.
May 8th: Phone lines disconnected and beginning to board up old section.
May 4th: New playground equipment delivered
May 2nd: Silent auction held from 7:30-11:30am to sell items from the elementary building.
All elementary staff have been moved from the old section of the elementary into their new temporary locations for the next school year. Items to be auctioned are listed on the school website along with pictures.
Review CMAR Schedule:
January 6th: Gave building tours to the CMAR's (Construction Manager At Risk) as a part of the selection process for the bond project.
January 10th: Request for Proposals Due 12:00 (District Office)
January 13th- January 17th: Committee Reviews RFP’s and Score
Daryl Stegman- Superintendent
Dan Crouch- BBN Architects
Patrick Schaub- BBN Architects
Riley Schmidt- Board Member
Mike Hubbell- Board Member
January 22nd: Interviews and Scoring
2:00 Hutton Construction
3:00 Simpson Construction Services
4:00 Coonrod and Associates
January 23rd: Request State Fees
January 24th: Committee to Meet to Evaluate Scoring With Fees (Select CMAR)
January 27th: Special Board Meeting to Approve Selected CMAR.
Publishing and Contracts
Interviewed for Construction Manager At Risk.
Spearville USD 381 Sells Bonds
At Low Interest Rate
The Board of Education of Ford County USD 381 got a pleasant surprise at a special meeting on Wednesday, December 18th.
The District received bids for the purchase of the general obligation bonds approved by voters at the November Election. The bond issue amount was $5,770,000.
The District applied and received a credit rating for their bonds from Standard and Poor’s Global of A with a stable outlook.
The District advertised that they would accept bids for purchase of the bonds on Wednesday, December 18th.
USD 381 received 8 bids for purchase of the bonds:
D. A. Davidson & Co. True Interest Cost of 2.129%
BOK Financial Securities Inc. True Interest Cost of 1.988%
Raymond James & Associates True Interest Cost of 1.959%
The Baker Group True Interest Cost of 1.928%
Robert W. Baird & Co. True Interest Cost of 1.923%
Piper Jaffray True Interest Cost of 1.900%
Commerce Bank True Interest Cost of 1.859%
Country Club Bank True Interest Cost of 1.835%
The Board of Education accepted the bid providing the lowest true interest rate of 1.835% provided by Country Club Bank of Overland Park, Kansas.
The District had estimated an interest rate of 3.00% pre-election for the financing.
The estimated rate was developed earlier in 2019 by the District’s Financial Advisor, the Wichita office of Stifel, Nicolaus and Company.
Steve Shogren of Stifel indicated that interest rates have dropped dramatically in recent months to historically low levels.
A lack of supply for “bank qualified” tax-exempt bonds is credited with the low interest rate result.
The lesser interest rate is good news for USD 381.
The lower rate from the original estimate results in total interest cost of approximately $380,000 less for the financing of the Elementary School addition and improvements.
Steve Shogren, Managing Director of Stifel’s Wichita office stated: “We are proud to be the advisor to Spearville-Windthorst Schools for this election and bond issuance.
We are pleasantly surprised that market conditions resulted in a financing that will greatly reduce the total debt service payments for the District. “
With the Board action on Wednesday, the bonds will be printed, a transcript sent to the Kansas Attorney General,
and the District will receive the final proceeds of the bond sale on January 15, 2020.
Bond Election Held and passed