A group of people passionate about Kansas schools came together to select the state’s highest achieving high school institutions. Near the top of their list: Chapman High School.
Kevin Suther, principal of CHS, said the committee selected CHS as a “high achievement school” for its Blue Ribbon Award. Suther told the Chapman school board Monday this means CHS students earned high scores on math, reading and science in the past 5 years.
“I had a graduate mention to me, ‘Oh, too bad we weren’t still in school,’ and actually, it’s because of them – the last 5 years of data and putting that together and how well we’ve done, that’s why we were recognized,” Suther said at the board meeting on Monday.
The Kansas State Board of Education, the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals and the past winners of the Blue Ribbon Award chose CHS as one of three high achievement schools in the state of Kansas and one of 286 high achievement schools in the nation.
The school will be honored at an event on Nov. 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C. At the end of that week, on Nov. 22, Suther said the school plans to host a local event to bring together community members, students, board members and other constituents throughout Kansas to celebrate the achievement.
“It’s a great honor for our students and it’s a great honor for our teachers,” Suther said. “We have teachers that have been here for a long time in our English department, our math dept and our science dept, and it just shows of the quality of education that you can get from a small 4A school here in Chapman.”
The Chapman school district received the highest level possible in its 2013 audit.
Jonathan Nibarger, representative of Mize Houser and Company, said the company issued the district an “unqualified opinion, which is the best opinion that a district could receive.”
Nibarger said members of the school district played a role in the successful audit.
“I'd like to thank all the district staff for all their help on the audit,” he said. “They did an excellent job and they are a great asset to the district.”
Two CHS members of FFA shared at the meeting about FFA’s upcoming big event: National FFA Organization Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. Lane Coberly, CHS student, said 17 members plan to attend the conference, which takes pace in the last week of October.
The board allocated $1,000 to the students to offset their travel expenses.
Coberly said he appreciated the monetary and moral support.