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Seven School Districts To Participate In Redesign Study

The Kansas education commissioner wants to choose seven school districts to participate in a major redesign of their systems based on the state board of education’s “Kansans Can” vision.

According to the Topeka Capitol-Journal, Commissioner Randy Watson told board members Tuesday that the intent of the redesign project is to the help districts determine what makes a successful high school graduate.

Watson says the schools will base their redesign on the five goals of the “Kansans Can” vision for the student success. Those goals include locally measured social and emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, individual study plans focused on career interest, high school graduation rates, and postsecondary completion and attendance.

Inspired by the Mercury 7 space program crew, each district will be named for one of the seven astronauts. Watson says the districts will be chosen by September.

 

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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