Ready For School Year 2023-24: USD 234

Destry Brown. Submitted photo.

“We are SO excited  for another successful school year and all the great things it will bring,” Destry Brown, USD 234 Superintendent said.

The  Fort Scott School District  2023-2024 first day of school is Friday, August 18.

Highlights of new things to the district this school year:

Tonya Barnes was employed as the school district’s full-time Special Education Director, Brown said.

To view a prior story on Barnes:

Tonya Barnes Begins as U234 Special Education Director on July 1

  • “We are able to use ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds) for more special education personnel and intervention assistance,” Brown said.
  • “The JAG program at Fort Scott HIgh School- a school to career program. This is evidence based and done with a career specialist.”

“JAG-K will help prepare students for successful futures,”according to its website “We will partner with students to help them identify a career path compatible to their interests and skills and overcome the various challenges they face that put them at risk of not attaining educational and career success.”

  • “Enrolled students can eat free for the 2023-2024 school year,” he said.
  • “A new FSHS heating/air conditioning/venting system, with further energy improvements being performed at each of our district’s buildings,” Brown said.

Those who retired from the district this year:

Chris Sather, Amy Lybarger, Kelly Cox, Cristin Stark,  Kristi Hartman, Carol Bingesser, Michelle Martin, Jane Hill, Becky Howard, Susan Carnes, Ramona Wilson,  Debbie Endicott, Connie Billionis,  and Stewart Guss.

New teachers to the district:

Xoe Altic , Hunter Casey, Tracy Comstock, Annyssa Davenport, Erin Deatsch, Brennen Feeback, Kassie Fugate-Cate,  Caleb Hendricks, Jane Magathan-Krone, Rayanne McKinsey, Emily Peterson, Jacquelyn Rivera, Ashlee Setina, Torrie Singmaster, Billie Stanley, Candy Turner, Mark Weaver, Beckie Woellhof, Nicholas Woods, Darcy Workman, Julie Forkner and Frances Furry.

These new teachers will be featured in a series of profiles in the coming weeks on







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