Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world
Geary County Schools Unified School District 475 is full of opportunities to learn, to grow, and to impact students from around the nation and the world for both certified and classified staff. USD 475 accepts applications for jobs year round. Current job postings for teaching and other positions can be found on the district application service.
Geary County Schools, located in the Flint Hills region surrounded by beautiful Kansas sunshine, lakes, and rivers is home to fourteen elementary schools, two middle schools, and one career academy focused high school serving the communities of Junction City, Grandview Plaza, Milford, and Fort Riley.
The district also offers an early childhood program, all-day kindergarten, and English Language Learner classes. USD 475 is a diverse district, with over 40 languages spoken by our families and students from all over the world.
Geary County Schools takes pride in being able to serve the families of those who defend our country, including the Big Red One—the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. With approximately 60% of our student population having a military connection, we take pride in the education we provide and attention our students receive as they transition in and out of our district.
USD 475 is a pillar in the Junction City and Geary County communities as it provides a place for learning and growth for our future nurses, police officers, firefighters, auto technicians, chefs, educators, and much more.
USD 475 makes every effort to provide our staff with the support needed for success by offering professional development opportunities, innovative technology, mentoring, and collaboration opportunities. Come and see the opportunities available to you in USD 475 and help us prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world.
On the Cutting Edge
USD 475 prides itself on bringing the best in innovation and technology into our schools. Outside institutions have recognized our commitment to these principles and awarded our district and schools a number of grants.
Biology and social studies e-textbooks ensure that students receive the most up-to-date instruction possible. High school students conduct classwork on state-of-the-art lab equipment. Livestream and green screen technology give students hands-on media experiences, promoting student learning as well as offering a community service by streaming events online.
As of the 2015-16 school year, 3-8th-grade students are equipped with individual laptops as part of USD 475’s 1-to-1 initiative. The laptops allow students and teachers to collaborate on assignments and research both in and out of the classroom through the use of OneNote. They also provide instant access to grades, meal account balances and attendance information through Skyward Family Access.
Salary and Benefits
USD 475 offers a highly competitive salary for our area. Due to our relationship with Fort Riley, we receive direct federal funding, which ensures stability for our district and thus our staff.
- Health/Dental/VIsion/Life Insurance
- Medical Reimbursement
- Flex-Spending Account (Dependent Care Flex-Spending Account)
- KPERS Retirement
- Free Microsoft Office on several personal devices
- Discounted Adobe Software
- HSA Accounts Available
- Discounted Gym Memberships
USD 475 highly values the professional development (PD) of our staff members. Geary County Schools offers enough in-district paid PD opportunities for certified staff to maintain professional licenses, as well as move up the salary schedule by earning PD points. These are just a few of the notable speakers we’ve brought in:
- Manny Scott
- Timothy Shanahan
- Shane Lopez, and more
In addition, we regularly send our staff to highly-regarded national conferences to bring back the best in education innovation, including:
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
- International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association)
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
USD 475 doesn’t just place teachers in classrooms; we work to equip them with the tools necessary to be successful. We offer opportunities for growth through:
- Mentoring programs
- Professional development opportunities
- Staff development opportunities
- Coaching support
USD 475 offers a three-year mentoring program for teachers new to the profession, as well as a two-year mentoring program for experienced teachers that are new to the district. Teachers new to the profession are assigned a mentor that will work personally with them for their first two years of teaching. Four meetings are held throughout the year with mentors and mentees, facilitated by the District Mentoring Program Facilitators. The mentor will also check in with mentees at least once a week.
Executive Director of Personnel Services manages the employment and employment process for the district. All employee matters are directed to Human Resources such as payroll, employment verification, and retirement.