In Southwest Kansas there is a growing city full of hospitality called Liberal and within that city is the caring and innovative USD #480 school district that is waiting to hear from you. We invite you to read on and learn more about our city and our school district.
The city of Liberal got its name from a homesteader who “liberally” gave his water to parched visitors as they passed through the area. This helpful and compassionate nature is still alive in Liberal today as demonstrated by USD #480’s vision and mission statement. Our vision is “Inspiring students to achieve their potential” and “Unified School District #480 shares with our community the challenge of preparing and inspiring all students to be life long learners” is our mission.
USD #480 encompasses Seward County and includes 12 learning centers – 7 Elementary Schools, 2 Intermediate Schools, 2 Middle Schools, and 1 High School. Knowing that each person learns differently, we also offer an Alternative School and several After-School programs. We have nearly 850 individuals caring for the education of our student body. This includes approximately 398 teachers, 55% of which are ESL certified or are in the process of becoming so. Our teachers use tools like PowerSchool, Thinking Maps, and the New Teacher Mentoring Program to fully develop our students’ minds. USD #480 also embraces new technologies, such as Classroom Performance System (CPS), interactive white boards, document cameras, and mobile interactive white boards, bringing them into the classrooms to challenge and engage our students. Communication tools like PowerSchool (where parents can check attendance and grades online), email, and separate websites for each school are used to keep the lines open between parents and teachers.
At USD #480, we take great pride in caring for our students’ education but want to make sure our teachers are happy also. So we offer district paid single Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan as well as other health plan options and 10 days of current/personal leave. KPERS contributions are automatically deducted from your check so retirement is taken care of. However, other retirement plans and savings options are available, such as a 403(b) and tax sheltered annuities, if desired. Lastly, we offer American Fidelity Plans, Vision Plans, Dental Plans and Life Insurance Plans. USD #480 was ranked 11th in the state of Kansas with beginning teacher’s salary and fringe benefits package and 13th in the state on a twenty year earnings analysis that looked at all Kansas Public Schools salary schedules. As we said above, that homesteader’s generosity is still alive and well today.
Even more benefits stem from the community in the form of activities and recreation opportunities. The city has 13 parks; a roller blade park; lighted baseball and softball fields; 3 golf courses with grass greens; tennis courts; a water park; several fitness centers and much more. Also available are 38 churches representing 28 denominations. There are several museums including Dorothy’s House, Coronado Museum, and the Liberal Mid-America Air Museum. The Baker Arts Center has revolving exhibits from area artists and juried art shows that draw local and national participants. Festivals take place throughout the year as well. Pancake Day is a three day festival that culminates in an international competition with our friends in Olney, England. Cinco De Mayo gives citizens a chance to celebrate the diversity of Liberal and festivities surround Dorothy’s House during Ozfest to celebrate The Wizard of Oz, as Liberal is the official home of Dorothy Gale.
With all the progression, compassion, and activities available, Liberal and USD #480 is a great place to be. So if our vision and mission statements coincide with your own broad ideas about education; if you feel you could work and thrive with our schools, teachers, and tools; and if a supportive, innovative school district and a welcoming, compassionate community all appeal to you, please don’t hesitate to apply. We hope to meet you soon!
401 N. Kansas Ave.
P.O. Box 949
Liberal, KS 67901
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