Rock Hills USD 107 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.

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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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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