Seaman School Super Wants In On "Innovative" Concept

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka-area school district wants to be on the ground floor of educational improvements.

Seaman Schools Superintendent Mike Mathes briefed the USD 345 board of education Monday night about the Innovative Schools concept.

State lawmakers created the program this past session to improve student achievement. Interested schools must apply with proposed programs, goals for student achievement and any state law or regulation exemptions their proposal might require.

Mathes wants to apply to be among the first two districts chosen. The chairpersons of the House and Senate education committees will choose those two schools, which will then select other participants. Eventually, up to ten percent of the state's school districts could be involved.

Mathes says it's a chance to be on the ground floor in deciding how the program will work and in finding new concepts to improve education.

"We think that there might be some opportunity to do some things differently, but, quite frankly, we don't know what those things are right now," Mathes said. "We think we're a pretty innovative school district already, but we know that there's other school districts out there that have innovative ideas and I want to be at the table to talk to them and see what are the things that they're doing to help kids."

Mathes will ask the board next month to approve the district's application. The deadline for districts to apply is December 1st.


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