Letter of appreciation to district staff from the superintendent

Dr. Eggleston Reading 3

To my USD 475 family,

This past school year has been a year unlike any other, consumed with many unknowns, emotions, and changes. However, Geary County Schools USD 475 has powered through the pandemic with remarkable resilience, keeping its doors open throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Recently, our district was recognized by U.S. Army officials for being able to keep our schools open, thus supporting our military and civilian families. The Director of Installation Management Command-Readiness, Brenda Lee McCullough, visited Fort Riley and declared our district’s on-post schools to be the only Army installation within the Continental U.S. in her profile to hold in-person classes for their students throughout the entire school year. This makes USD 475 the only district among 20 active- and reserve-component Army installations across 13 states to do so.

Additionally, USD 475 was recognized by the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce and received the 2021 Community Resiliency Award. The award states, “In Recognition of Your Innovation, Resiliency & Initiative During This Difficult Year.”

These accomplishments were no easy task. It was solely made possible by your efforts, dedication, and commitment to your students, your school district, and your community. Thank you for your tireless effort and fight as you persevered through what may be one of the most significant challenges our district has faced. I appreciate all that you have contributed to the success of our district. Because of your efforts, our district has risen above the challenges COVID-19 brought, making our students, fellow staff, and community better. Thank you for being part of the USD 475 family.


Dr. Reginald T. Eggleston, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Geary County Schools USD