About Unified School District 480

USD 480 challenges all to achieve educational excellence.

Unified School District No. 480 will collaborate with the community to provide effective education, leadership and professional development that will establish us as a high-performance district.

5 Key Thrusts of USD 480

  • Align curriculum and implement it district wide.  Align professional development and district initiatives.
  • Collect and Analyze Data
  • Create an Intentional Culture
  • Community Involvement
  • Long Range Facilities Plan


District Operations

USD 480 is directed by an elected seven-member board of education, an experienced superintendent, and deputy superintendent. Twenty-nine administrators provide additional direction for individual school buildings and programs.

Our system includes 389 teachers, counselors, nurses, and other certified personnel. We have 403 trained, experienced support personnel.

We are fully accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Enrollment Information

USD 480 educates approximately 4,746 students in 13 schools. Our 7 primary schools serve 1,682 students preschool through 3rd grade, while our two intermediate schools serve 1,164 4th through 6th graders.

We have two middle schools serving 663 7th through 8th grade students. The high school serves 1,237 9th through 12th grade students. Our sports teams compete in Class 5A.

Special Programs

Some of the programs targeting specific learning needs are the Migrant Education program, special education and gifted level programs for all grade levels.

Financial Information

The 2013-2014 total budget for USD 480 is $59,386,220. Our levy, including the general fund, capital outlay, and bond interest, was $43.613 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. USD 480’s district valuation is $180,739,181.

Staff Development

Unified School District No. 480 encourages all staff members to participate in personal growth activities. A budget is provided to defray the expenses of training and in-service. Staff members participate in training sessions and professional meetings locally and nationwide.

In-services are held for the entire district staff several times annually and speakers are available to discuss relevant educational issues. USD #480 staff members are kept informed of the latest educational issues and trends.


Liberal, the county seat of Seward County, has a population of about 23,547 and is in the Southwest corner of Kansas. USD 480 is in the Kansas State Board of Education's 5th district.

More information about USD 480 may be obtained from the Kansas State Board of Education.

Liberal Unified School District No. 480
(620) 604-1010
Fax: (620) 604-1011

P.O. Box 949
401 N. Kansas

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Liberal USD 480
401 N. Kansas Ave.
Liberal, Kansas 67901

Office Hours 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Summer Hours 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Closed on Fridays


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