On March 2, Dr. Bill Nicely, Kearney School District superintendent, shared the state of the district at the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting – and it’s great.
Currently, the district has 3,503 students enrolled in K-12. The district’s dropout rate is much lower than most peer districts. At 0.9 %, it is the same as Park Hill and Blue Springs, but less than Platte County, Liberty, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Independence and Raytown.
In the classroom, the student-teacher ratio is 18 students per teacher, which also is the same or lower than most of Kearney’s peer districts.
Furthermore, Kearney students score an average composite score of 22.8 on the ACT and an overall MSIP 5 score of 98.6%, which, again, is higher or the same as many of its neighboring districts. The MSIP 5 is an annual report that measures how students perform and includes attendance, dual-credit classes, college and career ready components, and graduation and after graduation follow-ups.
And more than 50% of the students go on to a four-year college, after graduation.
In addition to student data, Dr. Nicely provided staff information, including years of experience and the average teacher and administrator salaries.
He also discussed the district’s long-range facilities planning, as well as the importance of community involvement with the schools and of good community role models to help students succeed.
“The district’s performance is a reflection of the dedication our staff has to helping each student succeed and the hard work these students put in every day,” said Dr. Nicely. “Community support is essential as well, and, through that support, we look forward to the district’s future and opportunities for continuous improvement.”