Wetmore Academic Center To Close At End Of 2022-2023 School Year

The Prairie Hills USD 113 Board of Education on Monday voted to close the Wetmore Academic Center at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

The facility, located at 321 6th Street in Wetmore, will close after the Board of Education stated that extensive studies and declining enrollment as well as difficulties in distributing resources make it a challenge to keep the facility open.

It was noted that layoffs will not occur due to the facility closing, as employees will be given a chance to continue their jobs within the district.

Prairie Hills USD 113 will also extend a window for employees to retire who are eligible for district benefits. The window will be open from February 15th through February 24th.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.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 2020 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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