USD 364 Delays Junior-Senior High School Start Date To August 28

Marysville Elementary Starts School August 22nd

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The statement below is from USD 364 Marysville Public Schools

Over the last few weeks, I have been getting more and more concerned about the construction progress and whether or not we will be ready to start school on time. The contractors have been telling me for weeks that we would be ready for the start of school on August 22nd. I met with a group of teachers, administrators, other district leaders, and school board members on Monday to discuss contingency plans and options. I have met with the Sampson Construction Leaders several times over the past few weeks to get the most realistic time-frame for us taking occupancy of the JH/SH Building. I believe that we will be able to occupy the building around August 15th.

In my mind, there is a big difference between being able to occupy the building and being ready for the students. There is a significant amount of cleaning yet to be completed and there is a significant amount of work required to get all of our technology systems, HVAC Systems, and other building systems ready for students. All of our district staff is working hard to get the building ready and Sampson Construction is bringing in a separate cleaning crew to help with the cleaning process. All of the subcontractors and workers have been working hard to get this project completed as soon as possible.

Last night, we had a Special Board Meeting and one of the topics was the 2017-18 Calendar and a contingency plan if the JH/SH Building was not ready on August 22. The Board voted 5-2 and made the following decision about the start of school.

Marysville Elementary School will have their first day of school on Tuesday August 22nd as planned.

Marysville Junior/Senior High will have their first day of school on Monday August 28th and it will be a full day of school.

Bus Service and Food Service will be in full operation beginning on August 22nd.

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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.