Letter From Beloit USD 273 Superintendent Jeff Travis – 3/19/2020

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Dear Parent/Patron of USD 273,

USD 273 – Beloit has developed a Continuous Learning plan. This plan will contain a variety of delivery methods for our students. These methods will include but are not limited to technology. Communication with your students’ instructor and the college’s concurrent classes will finish with an online format. We do need to know if you need internet connectivity at your home so that we can get you temporary internet access during this time. Please let us know if you need this. You can call our office at (785) 738-3261 tomorrow and we will put you on a list for temporary connectivity.

I want to assure you that your child’s education will continue. These opportunities meet the guidelines given to us from the Kansas State Department of Education. Your building principals will be contacting you with details. If your child receives special education services, the special education teacher will contact you in the near future on how these services will be given.

Expect your building principal’s message to be corning very soon. The start date for all of this will be April 6th. We value your child and their education.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we work through this COVID-19 situation.


Jeff Travis, Superintendent
USD 273 – Beloit

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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.