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USD 253 Board of Education approves adjustment to graduation requirements for 2020 senior class KVOE News File Photo

The USD 253 Board of Education has approved an adjustment to its graduation requirements for the senior class of 2020.

Board members unanimously approved the waiving of previous requirements and adopting the Kansas State Department of Education's minimum graduation requirements. Previously, seniors were required to have 24 credits before graduation per the district's policies.

The new requirements only require 21 credits to be attained according to USD 253 Superintendent Kevin Case.


Case tells KVOE News, a number of students have already met the original 24 credit requirements and qualified for early graduation but decided to remain in school to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports. With those opportunities now no longer available for the remainder of the year, Case anticipates many of those students will likely pursue that option, however, that will be an individual decision.

In other business, the board approved a resolution to continue wage payments to idled employees, both salaried and hourly, per their work agreements with the district.


Case says district staff has been incredibly loyal to the district through these unprecedented times and loyalty deserves to be met with loyalty. Case also commended all district staff members for the amount of extra work and responsibilities they have taken upon themselves over the past several weeks.

Separately during Wednesday's meeting board members also approved the purchase of two new buses for the district, the purchase of a new combination oven for the food services department and reviewed and approved changes for 2020-21 student handbooks. The Board of Education will next Meet Wednesday, Apr. 8 at 7 pm.

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