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.
We believe all students should develop to their capacities in basic learning skills, in acquiring and communicating information, in the ability to think critically and constructively and in the power to be imaginative and creative. We also believe our educational program should adequately care for the development of students’ rational and intellectual powers and should nurture the human capabilities of all students.
We understand that each student is unique. Students have wide differences in their learning rates, experiences, energy levels, and goals. To meet these individual needs, our curriculum and program offerings must vary extensively.
Objectives of USD 480
1) pursuing further education
2) pursuing a career choice
3) serving in the military
Beliefs of USD #480
USD 480 is directed by an elected seven-member board of education and an experienced superintendent and assistant superintendent. Twenty-six other administrators provide additional direction for individual school buildings and programs.
Our system includes 344 teachers, counselors, nurses, and other certified personnel. We have 401 trained, experienced support personnel.
We are fully accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
USD 480 educates approximately 4,624 students in 13 schools. Our 7 primary schools serve 1,753 preschool through 3, while our two intermediate schools serve 985 4th through 6th graders.
We have two middle schools serving 659 7th through 8th grade students. The high school serves 1,227 9th through 12th grade students. Our sports teams compete in Class 5A.
USD 480's student to teacher ratio is approximately 13:1 with a $6,933 per student expenditure.
Some of the programs targeting specific learning needs are the Migrant Education program, special education and gifted level programs for all grade levels.
The 2008-2009 total budget for USD 480 is $53,936,251. Our levy, including the general fund, capital outlay, and bond interest, was $39.051 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. USD 480’s district valuation is $195,961,206.
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 19,000 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.