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.
Welcome to the Fredonia Unified School District #484 web page, and
welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. The entire USD 484 family is dedicated to
achieve the mission that was established by the Strategic Planning Committee
and adopted by the Board of Education.
The mission statement is as follows:
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.
Each year the Board of Education
develops goals to provide focus for that school year’s efforts to fulfill the
mission. The Board of Education Goals
for the 2013-2014 school year are as follows:
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
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. The one-to-one laptop initiative that was
begun at the high school in 2006-2007 was expanded to include all 8th
grade students during the 2007-2008 school year.
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 building trades, plus a supervised
work-study program. 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. A one-to-one laptop program
was implemented during the 2006-2007 school year. Also, the high school has added an
interactive distance-learning lab 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. In addition to the site councils a
Superintendent's Council was established during the 2002-2003 school year to
discuss issues that affect the entire district. The Superintendents Counsel
meets two times per year and all members of the community are welcome and
encouraged to participate.
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.
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 Tuesday February 11, 2014. 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.