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Parents need to return survey by Nov. 26 to ensure Impact Aid continues

Katie Peterson | Staff Writer

As of Oct. 15, Fort Leavenworth was ranked as the No. 1 school district in Kansas for the second year in a row on SchoolDigger.com.

Individually, Bradley Elementary School was rated No. 9, MacArthur Elementary School was rated No. 14 and Eisenhower Elementary School was rated No. 19 on the list of elementary schools in Kansas; and Patton Junior High School was rated No. 1 on the list of middle schools in Kansas.

Keith Mispagel, USD 207 superintendent, said this is a great accomplishment for the district.

SchoolDigger.com uses student achievement and assessment data as the quantitative way to rank districts and schools,” Mispagel said. “Being ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row emphasizes our focus on student progress and growth for each child. For our mobile military families, a lot of research is done when relocating to duty stations, and one main factor that families look for are high quality schools and programs.

“Our ranking as No. 1 on SchoolDigger.com is one way that parents can have confidence that the education their children receive will be focused on their success, whether they’re here for one year or many years,” he said. “As a district, while academics is one pillar we make a priority, social and emotional well-being is also a pillar for students and families. This comes from our Leader in Me program in all the schools, which is a Stephen Covey-based leadership program for students. We have amazing educators in the schools that work hard to help students grow academically and socially.”

Part of the reason the district is able to provide the various programs, resources and opportunities to students and their families, which lead to such rankings, is because of the funds received from Impact Aid.

“USD 207 is unique in the country being a state public school entirely located on federal property,” Mispagel said. “Federal Impact Aid is Title VII of the (Every Student Succeeds Act) and is tax relief funding from the federal government. The intent is to support those districts that have a loss of tax revenue which other districts in the country can otherwise generate.

“The Impact Aid funding we receive at USD 207 assists us in maintaining current programs, activities, facilities, resources, technology, transportation, professional development, etc.,” he said. “It remains critical for us to continue to offer a high quality education for our mobile military families.”

Each year, the school district is required to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Education to continue to receive the funding. By law, part of what needs to be included on this application is a report of each federally connected student.

On Oct. 28, 2019, an Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey Form for the 2019-2020 schoolyear was made available in each student’s Skyward Family Access portal. Families are required to complete the survey by Nov. 26.

“We receive a dollar amount for the number of students enrolled and verified by the survey,” Mispagel said. “If families do not complete the survey for their kids, our district does not receive the associated funding. (The reporting) is critical for USD 207 to continue to offer a high-quality education and resources for our students and families.”

If any personal information on the student’s survey form is incorrect, parents should contact his or her respective school secretary before submitting the forms.

Each survey takes less than five minutes to complete, and it is recommended that it be completed from a computer, laptop, Chromebook or iPad, Mispagel said.

For more information about the survey or the Impact Aid Program, call the district office at (913) 651-7373 or e-mail Mispagel’s administrative assistant Gitta Popp at bpopp@usd207.org.

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