The Stafford Community is a rural community that is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Centrally located in the state, it is within easy driving distance of Hutchinson, Great Bend, and Pratt. Some Interesting Facts about USD #349 follow: • All students in grades 6-12 have a laptop, iPad, or Chromebook to use. • USD #349 has an active Educational Foundation endowing numerous scholarships for graduates and providing resources needed by staff and students. • USD #349 is the recipient of a 21st Century Learning Grant. With those resources, the district has started an after-school program for students in grades K-8. It is entitled Shining Through Academics and Relationships at Stafford (STARS). • USD #349 provides the Parents as Teachers program for families with children ages 0-3. • USD #349 is the Stafford County home to Early Learning Pre-school. • USD #349 offers all day Kindergarten. • Our high school offers a program for students interested in entrepreneurship. It is the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) Center. Students start their own business and become business owners through this program. • USD #349 includes an Adult Learning Center. This is a high school dropout recovery program that serves the community. • The elementary school is the site of nice playground equipment, due to the generosity of donations to the Educational Foundation. • USD #349 was designated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a Kansas Healthy School. Many health initiatives are promoted to the students and community. • USD #349 students, staff, and families have the capability of participating in Kansas University Tele-medicine education and health consultations – free of charge. • USD #349 is proud of their state-of-the-art track and track equipment, much of it attained through generous donations. • Stafford Schools are fortunate to have modern facilities. A few examples: New high school finished in 1999. At the same time additions were added to the elementary school, the cafeteria was completely remodeled, and Central School was “recycled” to house district offices and other classrooms. • The district is committed to improving the culture and climate of the organization. Student community volunteerism is taught and encouraged. • USD #349 offers a low student-teacher ratio. • The local Board of Education takes leadership training seriously with their commitment to the Kansas Association of School Boards. A past member has served as President of KASB. A current board member was President of KASB in 2010-11• Stafford High School has an expanded curriculum due to its commitment to technology. Students may take dual credit college classes online. They also have access to Advanced Placement classes. Spanish I-IV classes are offered onsite, and students desiring additional foreign language courses have them available online. *Stafford High School is very proud of their Career and Technical programs: FFA, Culinary Arts, Health Sciences, Entrepreneurship and Marketing, and Building Trades. We plan to add more career pathways next year, including Biochemical and Biomedical pathways.
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