Tracy KaiserExecutive Director of Finance & Support Services tkaiser@usd489.com

Tracy Kaiser
Executive Director of Finance & Support Servicestkaiser@usd489.com 

The Hays Public School district continues to be a leader in education at the state and national levels because of its proven excellence.  Three areas of focus guide our schools and shape our district philosophy about what is best for children.

USD #489 2014-15 Budget General Information



2016-17  Budget General Information

USD #: 489 – Hays


The Hays Public School District continues to be a leader in education at the state and national levels because of its proven excellence.  Three areas of focus guide our schools and shape our district philosophy about what is best for children:
  • Professional, caring staff
  • Small class size
  • Quality instruction time
USD 489 students clearly benefit from these beliefs.  Our students consistently score above national norms on achievement and college placement tests.
The Hays Public School system serves a 380 square-mile area of Ellis County.  About 2,900 students are enrolled in one high school, one middle school, four elementary schools, and three alternative schools (Westside, Learning Center and KVC Wheatland Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility which provides medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education to children and families).  USD 489 is the sponsoring district for the Hays West Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative, with cooperating districts USD 388 Ellis, USD 395 La Crosse, and USD 432 Victoria.  Service is also provided to any of the four private schools located within these boundaries.  During the 2015-16 school year, there were 812 students receiving Coop special education services from 156 staff members (67 certified & 89 classified).  This requires a budget of about $7.5 million.
The Hays community plays a large role in the success of our students.  We are proud to say that our students continue to reap the benefits of a community that generously supports its public schools.  Each school has a strong parent organization and a site council which provide leadership and support in all student-centered areas.
All elementary schools in Hays offer after-school childcare in the school setting for their students.  The children have the opportunity to expand their learning day in a warm, caring, well-supervised, fun environment.  Students can get help with their homework, play outside when weather permits, and learn life skills like cooking, arts and crafts.
The district also supports school readiness through Early Childhood Connections, which includes programs such as Parents As Teachers, Head Start, Early Head Start, At-Risk pre-school, and the Early Childhood Special Education Program.  Connections serves children in Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell, and Trego counties.  The district offers two pre-school programs, O’Loughlin Elementary which is self-funded through enrollment fees, and Munjor which is operated by Connections.
All USD 489 schools are accredited by the State of Kansas.
Board of Education
Under Kansas law, the board of education consists of seven members elected by the majority vote of the registered voters in the local school district.  During the 2015 Legislative Session, school board elections where moved to November of those years when a board member’s term expires.  Candidates, who must be residents of the district, run for school board office without political affiliation.  Board members are elected to staggered terms of four years and members take office in January following the election.  Board members serve without pay.
The board of education is a policy-making body.  All actions must meet standards set by state and federal law, and regulations set by the State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education.  The authority of an individual board of education member is limited to participating in actions taken by the board of education as a whole when legally in session.
To contact a board member, send a written communication to the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 West 12th St., Hays, KS  67601.  Your communication will be forwarded to the board member designated.  You may also contact them by e-mail at the USD 489 district website:  www.usd489.com.
Board of Education Members
Lance Bickle, President
Term 13-17
Sarah Rankin, Vice President
Term 15-19
Josh Waddell
Term 13-17
Danielle Lang
Term 13-17
Paul Adams
Term 15-19
Mandy Fox
Term 15-19
Luke Oborny
Term 15-19
Sarah Wasinger, Clerk of the Board
Key Staff
John Thissen
Shanna Dinkel
Assistant Superintendent
Raj Sharma
Director of Special Education
Tracy Kaiser
Executive Director of Finance and Support Services
 The District’s Accomplishments and Challenges
  • USD 489 has been recognized by Governor Sebelius and Standard & Poor’s as one of 16 “Highly Resource-Effective” school districts in Kansas in 2006.
  • Standard & Poor’s also identified USD 489 as one of 6 districts in the state of Kansas achieving an efficiency score exceeding 99% in their 2007 Kansas School Efficiency Study.
  • Safe Schools grant:  RURAL, worth $2.5 million awarded to USD 489 in 1999.
  • In conjunction with the RURAL grant, the Learning Center of Ellis County was established in June of 2000.  The Learning Center was created for the purpose of enabling youth, young adults, and other residents of Ellis County and surrounding areas who have dropped out of school to complete their high school education.  Classes are free to all clients who enroll in a high school diploma program.
  • Westside School was created in 1991 in conjunction with High Plains Mental Health Center and its cooperating agencies.  Westside helps students and their families in crisis.
  • USD 489 students consistently score well above state and national norms on standardized tests.
  • Completed construction which added four elementary classrooms in 2002.  A grant received by the Early Head Start program also allowed construction of two classrooms and a pre-school area at Hays High school in 2000.
  • The BOE consolidated the district’s 2 middle schools into one; Hays Middle School to provide district students with more curriculum offerings and increase athletic and activity opportunities.  This move also provides much greater flexibility for assigning teaching staff and equalizing class sizes at the middle school level.
  • The district added 6 new classrooms and 2 restrooms to Hays Middle School, providing an additional 7,300 square feet of instructional space completed in 2014.
  • The district added 8 additional new classrooms (additional 11,928 square feet) to Hays Middle School that are FEMA tornado shelters, completed in 2014.  This was funded by a $1.6 million dollar FEMA grant and $1.4 million local funds.
  • In 2015 the BOE consolidated the district elementary schools into four locations.  This provides equalized class sizes, diversity through the all the schools and flexibility of staffing.
  • In 2009 USD 489 was again selected by School Match for their 11th annual school system “What Parents Want Award.”  Less than 15% of school systems nationally met the criteria for this distinction.  The district also received this award in 1999.
  • Hays High began broadcasting on its own news Channel 13 in 1999.
  • Supports school readiness through Early Childhood Connections programs such as Parents As Teachers, Head Start, At-Risk pre-school, and the Early Childhood Special Education Program.  The Head Start program, established in 1991, serves children in Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell, and Trego counties.
  • In 2005 the district received a renewable Smart Start grant for $450,000 per year.  This grant allowed the district to open a new Head Start classroom both in the morning and afternoon, expand the home-based program to Rooks County, expand the Parents-As-Teachers program, provide training for mental health issues, establish a car seat program with Hays Medical Center, and enhance childcare wages and incentives for providers.
  • Established a Reading Recovery Program in 1997.
  • Hays High School, in a cooperative effort with Fort Hays State University and Barton College Community College, offers concurrent credit to juniors and seniors at Hays High, giving students credit toward both a high school diploma and a college degree.
  • USD 489 Foundation for Educational Excellence was created in 1987.  Through private, tax-deductible donations, the Foundation provides thousands of dollars for schools and students.
  • USD 489 has initiated a 1 to 1 learning solution for all students K-12 to inspire student learning and creativity.  Digital learning is a core element of the 21st century classroom.  This 1 to 1 learning solution will enable students and teachers to use state of the art technology to reinforce the fundamentals and develop 21st century learning skills.  This new model in education is designed to make our schools more competitive and improve the education experience by making it personal and dynamic.
  • USD 489 is committed to further developing effective teachers and has committed resources to provide professional development and continued learning.  Up to date technology and a solid infrastructure allows for state assessments to be taken online which provides immediate feedback as to how students have done. Every school in the district utilizes a wireless network.
  • KASB ranks USD 489’s certified staff 20 year earnings as 13th out of 286 districts in 2014-15, USD 489’s base salary + fringe as 8th of 286 districts.  Lack of adequate state funding is causing us to lose ground in this area (FY08 we were 7th in 20 year earnings and 6th in base salary + fringe).
  • In 2015 the USD 489 Hope Pantry was established to provide food, clothing, and hygienic products to students and families in need.
Senior Class of 2016 Accomplishments:
  • 46 seniors were named National Honor Society recipients.
  • Five seniors will be enlisting in the Marines, Air Force ROTC, and Army.
  • The fall musical Once on This Island received 15 Jester Awards nominations.
  • The Guidon newspaper was named “All Kansas” by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association.
  • Two seniors earned the honor of National Merit Scholars.
  • Indian Call, the yearbook, was named “All Kansas” by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and “All American” by the National Scholastic Press Association.
  • The Hays High journalism team received first place at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Journalism State Competition for a second year in a row.
  • The FFA team placed second at the National Land Career Development competition.
  • The Concert Band received 3 straight Superior I Ratings.
  • The Orchestra received 3 straight Superior I Ratings at the State Music Festival for Large Groups.
  • The Boys’ Golf Team became the second team in school history to win the state championship.
  • The FHSU Math Relays Team earned eleven top ten finishes.
  • Fourteen seniors received top ten finishes at the FHSU Science Olympiad.
  • The Chamber Singers earned 3 straight Superior I Ratings at the State Musical Festival.
  • The Concert Choir received 3 straight Superior I Ratings at the State Music Festival.
  • The Hays High Technology Studies team took first place at the Western Tech Electro Rally in the Kansas Electro-Rally Championship Racing Series.
  • Two seniors were awarded the Dane G. Hansen Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship.
  • Three seniors were named Dane G. Hansen Scholars.
  • Thirteen seniors were named Dane G. Hansen Students.
  • Six seniors were named Dane G. Hansen Career and Technical Education Students.
  • 260 scholarships were earned by the graduating class of 2015.
  • The DECA team participated in the State Career Development Conference and had six top 10 finishes.
  • The 489 Television Senior News Crew placed in the top 3 in five different categories at state competition.
  • Increasing demand for classroom space, driven by a growing Special Education student population and more technology being utilized in classrooms, limits our flexibility to add additional classroom sections and give parents choices as to the school their child will attend.
  • Capital Outlay Fund has taken on many General Fund expenditures as our enrollment declined, limiting our ability to adequately address building and transportation needs.
  • The district’s athletic facilities are outdated, undersized and deteriorating.
  • The Kansas Legislature’s refusal to adequately fund a constitutionally protected entity – education – has resulted in a reduction of $2,588,000 below FY09’s funding.
Legislative enactments and budget allotments that have resulted in the loss of $2,300,000 each year for USD 489 since FY09 include the following:
  • February 12, 2009:  Enactment of SB23 which cut $33 from the BSAPP ($4,433 to $4,400) and reduced SPED by 1% (Statewide school funding reduction of $25,345,000; USD 489 funding reduction of $118,784).
  • March 31, 2009:  Enactment of HB 2354 which cut an additional $33 from the BSAPP ($4,400 to $4,367) and cut an additional 1% from SPED (Statewide school funding reduction of $27,010,000; USD funding reduction of $118,706).
  • May 7, 2009:  Enactment of HB 2373 which cut an additional $87 from the BSAPP ($4,367 to $4,280) and eliminated state aid to Capital Outlay fund (Statewide school funding reduction of $54,630,000 for cut to BSAPP; USD funding reduction of $313,438; and an additional $22,339,000 for the loss of Capital Outlay equalization aid).
  • July 2, 2009:  Governor Parkinson’s approval of a budget allotment which cut an additional $62 from the BSAPP ($4,280 to $4,218) (Statewide school funding reduction of $39,327,000; and USD 489 funding reduction of $222,320).
  • November 23, 2009:  Governor Parkinson’s approval of a budget allotment which cut an additional $206 from the BASPP ($4,218 to $4,012) (Statewide school funding reduction of $134,355,000; USD 489 funding reduction of $765,393).
  • March 2011; Governor Brownback’s approval of a budget allotment which cut an additional $75 from the BSAPP ($4,012 to $3,937) (Statewide school funding reduction of $49,430,000; USD 489 funding reduction of $284,902).
  • May 2011; Enactment of HB 2383 which cut an additional $157 from the BSAPP ($3,937 to $3,780) (Statewide school funding reduction of $103,473,000; USD 489 funding reduction of $596,393).
  • April, 2013; The State budget was approved to increase BSAPP by $58 ($3,780 to $3,838), yet eliminated funding for the mentor teacher program and $28,910,952 for Statewide Technical Education.
  • April, 2014; Enactment of HB 2506 which increased BSAPP by $14 ($3,838 to $3,852), yet excluded virtual weighting from the calculation of the Local Option Budget, eliminated non-proficient at-risk weighting and eliminated new facility weighting.  This impacted USD 489’s funding by a reduction of $99,770.
  • March, 2015; Enactment of SB7 eliminating the weighted formula by creating a “block grant” system, which holds school funding for 2016 and 2017 at the 2015 level.  Lack of a weighted formula excludes changes in student enrollment numbers or declines in assessed valuation.  An extraordinary needs fund was established and is funded by 0.4% of the general state aid.  For USD 489, this reduces general fund (operational) state aid by $53,622.
  • Total USD 489 funding reduction since 2009 totals over $2.3 million each year.
District reductions since FY09 include:  Elimination of 70.9 positions (55 certified, 5 administrative, 18 classified, through attrition and non-renewal), and an additional 14 summer school teaching positions from the elimination of summer school, reduction of numerous supplemental duties, elimination of out-of-district field trips, reduction of the 4 Year Old At-Risk program, increased or initiated gate fees for all activities (including middle school), increased textbook and activity fees, additional kindergarten fee and increased building use fees.
The Kansas Legislature also severely cut Special Education funding, eliminated Capital Outlay state aid and Declining Enrollment state aid, prorated state aid for the Local Option Budget, and reduced state aid for Driver’s Education.
At the same time the Kansas Legislature was making all of these drastic funding cuts the expectations for student achievement have accelerated to meet the No Child Left Behind mandate.  We were still expected to meet all of the increased NCLB requirements. Now we are expected to implement Core Curriculum standards and MTSS, again without any additional funding for professional development and training.
The teacher shorter in Kansas also continues to grow significantly.  If the Kansas Legislature continues down this path of cutting education funding, the harm to the children of Hays and Kansas will be irreparable.
Supplemental Information for the Following Tables
  1.  Summary of Total Expenditures by Function (All Funds)
  2.  Summary of General Fund Expenditures by Function
  3. Summary of Supplemental General Fund Expenditures by Function
  4. Summary of General and Supplemental General Fund Expenditures by Function
  5. Summary of Special Education Fund by Function
  6. Instruction Expenditures (1000)
  7. Student Support Expenditures (2100)
  8. Instructional Support Expenditures (2200)
  9. General Administration Expenditures (2300)
  10. School Administration Expenditures (2400)
  11. Central Services Expenditures (2500)
  12. Operations and Maintenance Expenditures (2600)
  13. Transportation Expenditures (2700)
  14. Other Support Services Expenditures (2900)
  15. Food Service Expenditures (3100)
  16. Community Services Operations (3300)
  17. Capital Improvements (4000)
  18. Debt Services (5100)
  19. Miscellaneous Information – Transfers (5200)
  20. Miscellaneous Information Unencumbered Cash Balance by Fund
  21.  Reserve Funds Unencumbered Cash Balance
  22.  Other Information – Enrollment Information
  23. Miscellaneous Information Mill Rates by Fund
  24. Other Information – Assessed Valuation and Bonded Indebtedness
Note:  The FTE (full time equivalency) used in this report to calculate the “Amount Per Pupil” is defined as follows:  Enrollment (FTE) includes the current year enrollment on September 20, February 20, 4 yr old at-risk, and virtual.  It does not include non-funded preschool or full-day kindergarten not on an IEP.
KSDE Website Information Available
K-12 Statistics (Building, District or State Totals) website below:
  • Attendance / Enrollment Reports
  • Staff Reports
  • Graduates / Dropouts Reports
  • Crime / Violence Reports
School Finance Reports and Publications website below:
  • Assessed Valuation
  • Cash Balances
  • Headcount Enrollment
  • Mill Levies
  • Personnel (Certified/Non-Certified)
  • Salary Reports
Kansas Building Report Card website below:
  • Attendance Rate
  • Graduation Rate
  • Dropout Rate
  • School Violence
  • AssessmentsGraduates Passing Adv. Science Courses
    • Reading
    • Mathematics
    • Writing
  • Graduates Passing Adv. Math Courses