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Marysville USD 364 Teachers Reject Gemini II Proposal

Marysville USD 364 teachers rejected a proposal to adopt the Gemini II Kansans Can school redesign project.

Nineteen Kansas schools opted for the effort, and those districts will redesign at least one elementary and one secondary school around the state board of education outcomes of kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, improvement in graduation and post-secondary rates and social and emotional growth.

The selection represents the third round of districts joining the redesign efforts. The original seven districts will launch their redesign programs at the start of the next school year. Twenty-one Gemini I districts will launch either this fall or next. Clay County USD 379: including Garfield Elementary, Wakefield Elementary, Clay Center Community Middle, Clay Center Community High and Wakefield High will participate in Gemini II.

The Marysville school board had voted to consider the adoption, contingent on a teacher vote. Superintendent Bill Mullins said that the consensus of teachers was that many good things were going on in the district, and efforts initiated in recent years as one of seven innovative districts in the state will continue.

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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