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An Open Letter to Geary County Schools Students, Staff, Families, and Community;

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you back to another school year in USD 475!

We are glad to see new district students and staff join us in our commitment to providing a caring and compassionate environment, as well as a rigorous and challenging curriculum.

Our theme for this year is This is us, #ThisIs475.  #ThisIs475 illustrates the amazing opportunity and unique nature of our school district. The chance to grow vigorously; flourish; to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances, describes our efforts this and every year in Geary County Schools.

While creating a climate where we thrive, we should continue to celebrate who we are.  It is important to look back at where we have come from as well as look forward to where we would like to be.

Collaboration has never been more important to our efforts. We value the support of our community and our parents, recognizing that we must all work together for the success of our students.  By working together, we have the opportunity to build upon the wonderful traditions of excellence that are in place and to continue to create outstanding educational programs.

Please know that I am committed to leading our school district in a fashion that places our students first, that demonstrates collaboration with others to secure the resources needed to provide a first-rate educational program, and that supports our educators.  I am also committed to ensuring that we strike the healthy balance between assisting our students in meeting rigorous standards and expectations while valuing each child’s happiness and the importance that this plays in helping each young-person be the very best citizen and student.

I look forward to the start of the school year and the opportunity to work with all of you to do great things in USD 475.

Dr. Beth Hudson, Interim Superintendent of Schools