Beloit USD 273 Receives Recognition From Kansas State Dept. of Education

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Four years ago, the Kansas State Board of Education launched its new vision for education – Kansas leads the world in the success of each student – and identified key outcomes Kansans said they valued.

These outcomes include social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, Individual Plan of Study, civic engagement, high school graduation and postsecondary success.

For this inaugural year of the program, KSDE is recognizing districts in these areas:

  • Commissioner’s Award: Exceeding predicted postsecondary effectiveness rates
  • Kansans Can Star Recognition (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper)
    • Academically Prepared for Postsecondary Success
    • High School Graduation
    • Postsecondary Effectiveness

The State Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education is presenting USD 273 Beloit with the following recognition for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Postsecondary Effectiveness: Bronze
  • Graduation Rate: Gold
  • Academically Prepared for Postsecondary Success: Copper
  • Commissioner’s Award

USD 273 Beloit Superintendent Jeff Travis said “we are proud of our students’, faculty, and staff for accomplishing this recognition. Please help me spread the word of this awesome recognition that our school district has accomplished.”

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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.