Fredonia Middle School
Fredonia High School
Fredonia USD 484 is located in southeast Kansas, 90 miles east of Wichita. The District includes the city of Fredonia and its surrounding rural areas. It is comprised of three fully accredited schools: Lincoln Elementary, Fredonia Middle School and Fredonia High School. The District is a 3A school averaging an enrollment of around 700 students a year.
The Fredonia School District offers all-day kindergarten, a four year old at-risk program, early childhood special education programs, a comprehensive high school curriculum along with an alternative program offered at the secondary school level.
Grades eight through twelve are involved with the Apple One-to-One Initiative where each student in those grades are issued their own laptop. Teachers at all levels are issued a laptop as well.
The District has around 165 employees. The size of the school means students have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of interests from athletics to agriculture.
The town of Fredonia is a community with a population of around 2,600. It is located at the rim of the scenic Flint Hills, an area rich with recreational opportunities. The river valleys, range land and wooded hills offer exceptional hunting, outdoor living and trail riding. The nearby three reservoirs and two state lakes offer boating, fishing, water skiing and trail hiking.
Fredonia has grown from its 1868 start as the seat of Wilson County into an interesting, diversified community built on a solid foundation.
Quiet, friendly and welcoming -- Fredonia is a charming place with a true calming, comfortable "hometown" feel.
Superintendent Jim Porter's Message
The 2014-2015 school year is well under way and we are excited with the progress our students are making as we work to provide the best possible educational programs and services to all of our students consistent with the district Mission Statement.
The Mission of Fredonia USD 484, a dynamic community driven by high expectations for all students, is to educate and inspire each student to develop the necessary skills to be a productive, contributing member of our culturally diverse, ever-changing world, through effectively utilizing all available resources.
The teaching and administrative staff of our school district are highly qualified and experienced. There is a strong commitment to provide for the educational needs of every student in our school. To this end the Professional Development Council is charged with the responsibility to provide quality, research based professional development opportunities for all professional staff members so that they can continually upgrade their skills to better take advantage of the most effective methods of meeting the needs of all students. Professional Development emphasis is placed on curriculum and instructional improvement as well as the effective use of technology.
Student educational services are provided at three attendance centers all located within the city limits of Fredonia. Services for students from pre-school through 5th grade are provided at Lincoln Elementary School. Three sections are provided for each grade level with the exception of 4thth grade where there are two sections. In addition to the regular classroom curriculum, students have opportunities in both vocal and instrumental music, physical education, technology, media center and counseling. The original building has been extensively remodeled to meet the educational needs of today's students. The school health (nurse) office is housed at Lincoln but health services are available throughout the school district. A four-year old at-risk pre-school has been established to meet the needs of some of our youngest students. The pre-school is housed in a modular facility located on the Lincoln campus. The Early Childhood Special Education program is also housed in the modular classroom building. Lincoln Elementary School has Interactive Distance Learning capabilities, which allows students to receive educational services and programs from anywhere in the world. Title I services in reading and mathematics are also provided at Lincoln Elementary School.
Services for students in grade 6 through 8 are provided at Fredonia Middle School. In addition to the core areas of Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, opportunities are available in both vocal and instrumental music, art, technology, family and consumer science, physical education, agriculture as well as media center and counseling services. Interscholastic sports and activities are also available for middle school students in the 7th and 8th grades.
Fredonia High School is a comprehensive high school providing services for students in grades 9 through 12. In addition to the core subjects, extensive electives are available to students. Electives include career and technical programs in agriculture, automotive technology, family and consumer science, marketing and Jacket Enterprises. Other electives include physical education, vocal and instrumental music, art, computer technology, business and foreign language (Spanish). Several technology-based courses are available to our high school students and several courses for concurrent credit are also available through special arrangements with Independence Community College. Counseling services are also available to high school students. A wide variety of clubs and interscholastic activities and sports are available for Fredonia High School Students. The high school has an interactive distance-learning that was installed during the summer of 2007 An alternative program was implemented during the 2007-2008 school year. This program is used for dropout prevention and recovery. Through special arrangement with Independence Community College and Neodesha High School vocational programs in Welding (housed on the Neodesha High School Campus) and Auto Tech (housed on the Fredonia High School Campus) have been implemented for the students of Wilson County. We plan to expand these shared vocational opportunities to meet the needs of more students in the future.
An increasing number of students are choosing to complete their education through either commercial or other public school on-line programs. To address the needs of these students our school has joined with over 30 other Kansas schools to implement a virtual program with extensive curricular offerings. This virtual program is available now and is in cooperation with the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush. The Fredonia Virtual Program is only available to residents of our school district including any home school students who wish to participate. There is no cost to this program with the exception of a $50 computer fee.
Services for students with special needs to include gifted students are provided to our students through the Tri County Special Education Interlocal #607. Extensive special needs services are provided at all attendance centers within the school district.
Members of the Fredonia School District community are encouraged to participate in the decision making process through site counsels for each attendance center. All site counsel meetings are open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to attend
USD 484 operates an extensive transportation system, which covers the entire 402 square miles of the school district. Not only is the transportation system responsible for transporting students to and from school but it also provides services for activities. An experienced team of drivers provides transportation services and the district is very proud of the outstanding safety record of its transportation department.
The Nutrition Services department provides both breakfast and lunch to students in all three attendance centers. All food is prepared in the full service kitchen at the high school and is transported to the other buildings. The Nutrition Services Department also provides meals for various school related events throughout the school year. A summer breakfast and lunch program for all persons between the ages of 1 and 18 was established during the summer of 2012. Summer meals are served at no cost to anyone in the eligible age range.
Maintenance and custodial services are provided by and experienced and competent maintenance and custodial staff.
The district employs a full time technology coordinator and technology staff to support the extensive technological infrastructure of the school district.
Several cooperative arrangements have been made with the other schools in Wilson County in addition to the career and technical programs already mentioned. Our transportation department provides mechanic services to Altoona-Midway. Our Nutrition Services Supervisor also serves as the supervisor of the Nutrition Services program in the Neodesha School District. These cooperative arrangements enable us to provide efficient service and a reduced cost to all districts involved. We are in the process of exploring cooperative agreements with other schools in our area to provide additional interscholastic opportunities.
The USD 484 Board of Education meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Board of Education office located at 300 North 6th street in Fredonia with the exception of the February meeting, which is held during the school day to allow Board of Education members to observe the daily operation of the school. The February meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday February 9, 2015. The central administrative staff is also housed at this location. If you have questions or comments or concerns about anything related to our school please feel free to contact us at the Board Office or you may call us at 620-378-4177.