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Kim Novak Retirement Letter January, 2019


Posted Date: 01/11/2019

Dear Stanton County Board of Education Members;

                It is my plan to officially retire at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year.  I want to thank the Board of Education for the Together, we have accomplished many goals over the past four years.  The district has been awarded four grants (Co-Teaching, Foundations, School Safety, and LiNKS Grants) to increase the teachers’ instructional techniques, to provide new resources, to add more safety and security features, and to increase student achievement.  By creating and following Strategic Plan for Capital Outlay, we have completed most of the remodeling projects at the elementary school, including, but not limited to: new energy efficient lighting, dropping the ceilings, new windows, a new gym floor, new HVAC systems with individual room control, new stucco, new playground irrigation, grass and fencing, new clocks, front door buzz-in systems and new cameras for security, new paint, wall decorations, and banners, created two tornado-shelter rooms, and installed 4th-6th grade lockers.  We improved the Jr/Sr. High School with new cameras, entrance door buzz-in systems, new lockers, new art room windows, painted the weight and lockers rooms and much more.  Gym floors across the district were refinished.  A new van and new activity bus were purchased for the transportation department.  New tables, an additional serving line, and equipment were added to the food service department.  New gym mats, score tables, score boards, clocks, equipment, and uniforms were added to the athletic department.  In the technology department, a one-to-one district device initiative continues to provide an iPad to each PreK and kindergarten student and a chrome book for every first grader through high school senior.  All of the capital improvements were made while being fiscally responsible and holding the community tax increases to a minimum, even in challenging economic times.  Most importantly, quality teachers and staff have been recruited and retained!  Each year, board goals were developed to clearly define the expectations for the district staff and students and communicated throughout the district community through a partnership with the Johnson Pioneer Newspaper along with utilizing the District Web Site. 

                In my thirty-three year career, I have been honored to receive many awards alongside great teachers and administrators: Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominee, National Blue Ribbon School, National Panasonic School Change Award, National Distinguished Principal Award, National Reading Horizon School, and the Distinguished Service Award.  Of all the recognitions provided, it is the daily “high-fives” and hugs from students that kept me coming back to school day-after-day and year-after-year!!!  I will miss the students, staff, and parents of Stanton County!  I know the students and staff are led by effective principals, Mrs. Jones and Mr. Siebert.  With the support of amazing teachers and staff in USD 452, our students will find success!  Best of luck as you continue the journey of teaching and learning! 

Yours in Education,

 

Kim Novack