Sign up for Drivers Education will begin on March 1st. The cutoff date will be March 31st. After that date, we will not accept any more sign ups. Sign up will be in the High School office. To be eligible to sign up for Drivers Education the student must be at least 14 years old on or before May 26th 2015
The Douglass School District is proud to serve the Community of Douglass by
Challenging, Caring and preparing every student every day. We are Family, We are
Community, We are Bulldogs!
Douglass Mail Ballot Election Successful
The Douglass tax payers overwhelmingly voted to increase the Local Option Budget and give the school district the budget authority to increase the local effort by 3%. It is clear that the residents of Douglass support their students and take pride in the school district. The Douglass Board of Education and staff are very appreciative of the communities support.
During the 2014 legislative session the legislature passed legislation that gave school districts the ability to increase the Local Option Budget (LOB) 3%, by requiring a mail ballot election. The Douglass School Board unanimously voted to authorize a Mail Ballot Election for the purpose of gaining the budget authority to increase the (LOB) from 30% to 33%. The LOB is offset by state aid which is based on the assessed valuation of individual school districts. The Douglass School district has a relatively low assessed valuation and subsequently receives 68.43% state aid. That means for every dollar that is generated by local taxes the school district receives 68.43% of that dollar in state aid. The increase of 3% equates to about $167,225 of increased revenue for the district. The additional revenue will support, student technology, instructional supplies and equipment, support lower class sizes and help support student achievement.
During the 2014 legislative session in response to the Gannon v. State of Kansas ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court the legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation restoring state equalization aid in both the Local Option Budget and Capital Outlay fund. Under current law the governor and legislature have promised the necessary state aid to equalize the districts Local Option Budget. The school district has efficiently managed its budget during these challenging financial times by cutting administrative costs, refinancing existing bonded indebtedness and working to get more resources to the classroom. Under the current finance formula it is anticipated that the 3% increase will not increase local property taxes. It is our hope that the Governor and Legislature keep their promise to school districts and local tax payers to fully fund the state aid.
EZ Rocker Patio Chair
The EZ Rocker Patio Chair is a unique, cross-curricular project involving multiple classes at Douglass High School. Under Mr. Dressler’s direction, the welding classes have designed the chair and are making and painting the metal frame as part of a mass production unit. Mrs. Nispel’s family studies class is sewing and embroidering the fabric seat of the chair. All of the advertisements for the project have been completed in Mrs. Dressler’s web design class and the accounting class will also do some work with figuring the costs of production and profit from the project. All profits raised from selling this chair will benefit the participating classes.
The EZ Rocker Patio Chair combines a great balance of durability and comfort. The heavy duty fabric is removable so it can be cleaned. The EZ Rocker Patio Chair is foldable and portable; making it a great addition to anyone’s collection of Bulldog gear, and it is convenient to bring with you to outdoor sporting events. Each chair will cost $50 (plus sales tax).
Show your DHS pride by calling and ordering your EZ Rocker now! Additional pictures of the chair may be seen on Mr. Dressler’s page of the school website http://usd396.net/page/115305_3. For more information on this project or to order your EZ Rocker Patio Chair please contact Mr. Dressler at (316) 747-3310.
Article written by: Danielle Carl, Meg Demel, Mackenzie Montieth, and Sean Powell
The Douglass Board of Education met in regular session Monday, February 9, 2015 in the District Administrative Office.
*approved donations: $200.00 – River Valley Supply – Glowsticks, $495.00 – Patrons - Skatetime
*approved grants: $1,000.00 – Blue Cross Blue Shield – Healthy Habits for Life
*approved the 2015-16 USD 396 District Calendar as presented.
*accepted the resignations from Mike Clay-Van Driver, Jeff Ast-Summer Weights and Conditioning, Deanna Estes-Middle School Cheer Sponsor, and Mary Flippo-High School Cheer Sponsor
*offered employment to Kelly Sayahnejad-2014-15 Summer Weightlifting, 2015-16 High School Physical Education Teacher, Head High School Football Coach and Freshman Class Sponsor and Phil Keys-2015-16 Assistant High School Football Coach.
*extend contracts for the building principals through the 2016-17 school year.
*approved to allow Wholesale Fireworks and the Class of 2016 to sell fireworks on school property.
*approved Resolution 2015-08 Kansas State Legislative Actions Relating to School Board Elections.