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Rock Hills USD 107 Receives Recognition From Kansas State Dept. of Education

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.

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.

This year, the Kansas State Board of Education announced the launch of the Kansans Can Star Recognition program, designed to recognize districts for success achieved in the individual outcome areas. For this inaugural year of the program, districts are being recognized in the following 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

USD 107 Rock Hills is pleased to announce that our school district has received recognition in all four recognized areas for the 2019-2020 school year. This year’s recognitions include:

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

USD 107’s superintendent, Dr. Kari Kephart, states, “It is USD 107’s mission to partner with our communities to provide opportunities for students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. It is our community and family partnerships and the dedication of our staff and students that have made these accomplishments possible. We are grateful to receive recognition from the Kansas State Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education for our efforts.”

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