CPS Security System
part of Colby Public Schools continued efforts to provide a safe environment
for students and staff, a security camera/intercom system has been installed at
the main entrance to each building.
school is in session, all visitors will be required to use the camera/intercom
system to gain entry into the building.
School staff will make a visual and verbal determination prior to
granting building access. In addition, all parents and visitors will continue
to sign in at the office, wear a visitor badge while in the school and sign out
when leaving the building.
When will the new system go into effect?
new video intercom system started on Wednesday, March 4 at the high
school. The new system will begin on Tueday, March 10 for the middle school and the intermediate building at the grade school.
What time will the school doors be locked in the morning?
doors at the high school will be locked at 8:00 a.m. A schedule has not been established for the
middle and grade school. This will be
determined before the security system is implemented at each building.
What if my child is late to school? Will he or she need to be buzzed in?
your child will need to go to the main entrance of the school and use the video intercom in order to enter the building.
Will parents, visitors and volunteers at the school need to follow the same
all parents, visitors, and volunteers will need to go to the main entrance of
the school and use the video intercom in order to enter the building. They will
continue to sign in at the office, wear a visitor badge while in the school and
sign out when leaving the building.
How will visitors who are unfamiliar with the new procedures know where to
enter the building?
will be posted outside exterior doors directing visitors to the main entrance.
In addition, information on how to access the intercom will be posted at the
Grade School Parents- for more information click here
How will Kansas
schools continue to educate children?
Governor Brownback used his authority to reduce state
funding for K-12 education by $28.3 million in the current year in response to
January revenue being $48 million short.
USD 315 received a decrease in state funding of $57,932. We anticipate additional decreases in funding
this year if revenues continue to drop in the state.
Keep in mind Base State Aid Per Pupil funding was $3870 in 2001
and $3852 in 2015 (minus the $57,932 decrease from the Governor). It is
a challenge to provide our children a quality education that will prepare them
for life with the same funding we received 14 years ago. Our
world continues to change and the cost of educating children and operating a
district increases yearly.
According to Duane Goossen, former Kansas Budget Director, “Seven
months into fiscal year 2015, general fund
receipts remain below last year’s
level. That leaves a very grim outlook for the Kansas budget.
In FY 2014 revenue dropped
precipitously—$688 million down in one year. Now with FY 2015 more than half
over, revenue is $65 million under the anemic pace of FY 2014.
What happens if FY 2015
revenue does not grow? The FY 2015 budget was already $279 million in the hole
using the assumption that revenue would reach $5.769 billion this year. The
bank account is empty. A rainy day fund does not exist. If revenue fails to increase
enough to meet the projection, the hole to be filled in the remaining months of
FY 2015 will be even bigger. “
The Governor proposes a block grant budget for K-12 education
that would significantly reduce money going to Kansas’ classrooms for the 2015-16
school year. The block grant would reduce
operating funds (general, supplemental general and capital outlay) by $127
The Governor’s proposal includes a $90 million increase for retirement
system funding (KPERS). Whereas the
state is responsible for providing money for retirement contributions, this
money does not help schools. School
districts are sent the KPERS funds and it is immediately redirected to the state
retirement system. This year’s state
budget included an increase in KPERS funding to schools. As I explained, this increase did not provide money
for our district to education students attending Colby Public Schools.
Click here for information on the new superintendent.
see an important message from Jody Luckert R.N., School Nurse USD 315
regarding the flu and the district policy regarding illness.