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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • District staff kick off school year with convocation

  • Classes won't start until next week. But, employees of the Leavenworth school district kicked off the school year Wednesday with a convocation.
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  • Classes won't start until next week. But, employees of the Leavenworth school district kicked off the school year Wednesday with a convocation.
    "Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year," Superintendent Mike Roth said. "I cannot be more excited to be your superintendent."
    This is Roth's first year as superintendent of Leavenworth public schools. He began his duties as superintendent in July.
    Employees from across the district attended the annual convocation, which took place in the auditorium at Leavenworth High School.
    District spokesman Jake Potter said the school system has more than 600 employees but some were unable to attend because of conflicts. Classes are scheduled to start Monday, but some middle school and high school students will have orientation Friday.
    Roth said everyone in the high school auditorium Wednesday morning has the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.
    "Whatever your duty is in this district, you have a chance each and every August to start anew," he said.
    School Board President Nancy Klemp said board members are looking forward to a year of new beginnings.
    "We are looking forward to a great year," she said.
    She told audience members the board has "100 percent confidence in you."
    Roth said he wants every student who enters the district to graduate from high school.
    "I truly want to see them do great things," he said.
    Roth said he wants to ensure that every student has a great opportunity. The superintendent said he will work with the district staff achieve this goal.
    "This is an outstanding school district," he said.
    He said staff members need to make sure they are telling the district's story.
    Leavenworth High School language arts teacher Jeff Baxter said employees should feel honored to teach and work in the district.
    "We have much to be proud of," said Baxter, who is the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year.
    He said what happens in Leavenworth classrooms is as good as anything else in the state.
    Baxter said the district has as excellent of a model of innovation, creativity and caring relationships as anywhere in the nation.
    The convocation included remarks by Ruth Striggow, co-president of the Leavenworth National Education Association.
    There also was an award presentation and recognition of employees for lengthy service. Principals and other employees also were called to the stage to participate in games.

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