Army leaders’ spouses tour new Junction City High School

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. – Fort Riley Army leaders’ spouses toured the new, 437,000-square-foot Junction City High School on Wednesday.

The guests included Emma White, spouse of Third Armored Corps Commanding General Lt. Gen. Robert White, Kathleen O’Connor, spouse of Fort Riley Deputy Commanding General Brigadier Gen. Thomas O’Connor, Fay Sims, spouse of Fort Riley Commanding General Maj. Gen. Douglas Sims II and Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. William McKannay and his spouse Deidre McKannay.

From left: Kathleen O’Connor, Deidre McKannay, Col. William McKannay, Fay Sims, Reginald Eggleston, and Emma White.

“The Army is huge, they enabled this,” said David Wild, chief operating officer (COO) for Geary County Schools USD 475, regarding the new high school. “It would never have happened without the relationship that the district has with the Army, and that’s not overlooked.”

The guests discussed with COO Wild and Superintendent Dr. Reginald Eggleston the progress of the high school, which is expected to be complete in August, as well as the unique academic structure of the high school’s four career academies: Freshman Success Academy, Fine Arts and Human Services Academy, Business Information and Technology Academy and Science Engineering and Technology Academy.

Superintendent Dr. Eggleston presents the district’s goals and plan to the guests.

Over 50% of Geary County Schools USD 475’s student population is military-affiliated, enabling many benefits for the school district and the students.

“This isn’t a 100% military school, and there’s going to be local kids that get to benefit from all of this which is great,” Emma said.

White touring the new high school led by Head Architect Malcolm Watkins.

Superintendent Dr. Eggleston also presented to the guests the district’s goals and plan for improving student’s behavioral, social and emotional learning, engagement, and graduation rate.

“My son… has had the best experience,” Kathleen said regarding her son who attends Junction City High School. “He needed the environment, his GPA has gone way up, he’s just so happy.”

Kathleen takes a photo of the new football field.

The military-affiliated student population has been able to offer the school district educational opportunities and excellent resources that otherwise would not have been possible.

Guests tour new high school.

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For inquiries, please contact Lindley Lund, Media and Marketing Specialist for Geary County Schools USD 475 at lindleylund@usd475.org