About Our District...(School District Map)
Located in rural Northeast Kansas, USD #377 is a 350 square mile district encompassing all of Atchison County, excluding the Atchison City School District. The district boundaries extend into small sections of Doniphan, Jackson and Jefferson counties.
Our district serves students from seven Atchison County townships that includes the following towns: Cummings, Huron, Lancaster, Muscotah, Monrovia, and Effingham. The District attendance centers and Board of Education/Administration Center are all located in the City of Effingham.
There are many churches in and around the Atchison County area serving the 6,000-plus residents of rural Atchison County. Recreational and Medical services are also provided within a close distance. The district’s main sources of income are industry and agriculture.
The City of Effingham has a public library, tennis court, ball field, park and swimming pool. The nearness of Benedictine College, K-State, KU and Washburn University offer many opportunities for continuing education.
In addition, our short distance from St. Joseph, Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka make many of the services, cultural opportunities, and shopping centers within an hour's drive.
USD #377 is governed by a seven member Board. The majority of district funding comes from the State of Kansas. Other sources of funding are from local taxes and federal government sources. Board of Education members are elected by the public, have policy setting authority and have primary responsibility for fiscal matters. The Board of Education meets at 6:30 pm the second Monday of every month at the Board Office located in Effingham.
The school district operates three main attendance centers, located in Effingham:
The Atchison County PK-K Early Childhood Center was incorporated as part of the District Administrative Center in 2012 after the District was forced to retire two inadequate 1965 temporary buildings. The PK-K/District Administrative Center is located at 306 Main Street, Effingham, Kansas.
Our district provides rigorous 21st Century educational programming and services to the students we serve. Our 1:1 IPAD Initiative puts and IPAD in the hands of every student grades 7-12.
USD 377 provides, through the Keystone Learning Services, a comprehensive and complete program of Special Education services.
At USD #377, we are dedicated to meeting the educational needs of every child. Our beliefs, mission and vision represent the foundation for not only the way in which we approach our work, but who we are, where we are going, and most importantly a plan for how we are going to get there...We Are Atchison County!
Our Vision: “A MODEL RURAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT”
The Best Rural Public School District Anywhere
Goal 1: Academically Excellent Rural Community School District - A World Class Public School Experience for All Students
To become a school system that inspires, challenges and supports the highest level of excellence for all our students. We believe an intellectually rigorous educational experience will develop graduates who will advance into the next phase of their lives prepared to function effectively in the world of the 21st Century, and who understand the importance of living as informed, responsible citizens.
Goal 2: A Thriving and Sustainable Rural Community School District
Goal 3: Innovative 21st Century Rural Community School District
Goal 4: Safe and Efficient Rural Community School District
USD 377 ACADEMIC PRIORITIES
1. To become a school system that inspires, challenges and supports the highest level of excellence for all our students.
2. Organize and optimize resources for improved academic results
3. Align rigorous curriculum, delivery of instruction, and assessment for continuous improvement of student achievement
4. Develop, expand, and deliver a literacy-based pre-kindergarten to Grade 3 initiative
5. Use student, staff, school, and system performance data to monitor and improve student achievement
6. Foster, support and sustain processes that improve teaching and learning.
Departmental Mission Statements