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Auburn-Washburn USD 437

State Offers Guidance on Enterovirus

Several cases of enterovirus have been confirmed in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) prepared the following information sheet.

Community Forum & Survey Planned for Superintendent Search

A community forum is set for 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 24, to give Auburn-Washburn patrons and parents the opportunity to learn about the superintendent search process and provide input. Current superintendent, Dr. Brenda Dietrich, announced that she will be retiring at the end of the current school year. The forum is open to the public, and will be held at Shuler Education Center located at SW 53rd & Wanamaker Road.

In addition to the forum, the district is also conducting an online survey so the community can rate the characteristics they believe are important in the new superintendent. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes. Click the link below to access the survey.

Community Forum: 6:30 PM Wednesday, September 24 at Shuler Education Center 5928 SW 53rd Street

Superintendent Trait Survey: Go to to complete the survey.

Dietrich to Retire at Year's Conclusion

Superintendent Dr. Brenda S. Dietrich announced Wednesday, August 6 that she will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. This will be Dietrich's 14th year as head of the district. She has been Superintendent of Auburn-Washburn since 2001. Her announcement came during the back-to-school staff convocation held that morning.

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Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to Farley Elementary Kindergarten teacher Nicole Meier and Washburn Rural Middle School math teacher Jennifer Wilcox for being named Kansas Teacher of the Year semi-finalists. They were among only six semi-finalists selected from Kansas Region 2, which covers the second U.S. congressional district.

Farley Elementary Kindergarten teacher Nicole Meier Washburn Rural Middle School math teacher Jennifer Wilcox

District Sees Increase in ACT Scores

ACT results were recently released and the average composite score for students at Washburn Rural High School increased to 23.7. This is up .5 from last year. In addition to an increased composite, the scores in each area also increased as did the total number of students tested. The WRHS 2014 totals are listed below (2013 totals appear in parenthesis):

  • Total tested: 311 (293)
  • Composite: 23.7 (23.2)
  • English: 23.1 (22.8)
  • Mathematics: 23.4 (23.2)
  • Reading: 24.3 (23.5)
  • Science: 23.5 (22.8)

The statewide average composite is 22.0. WRHS also exceeded the state average in each subject area.

The ACT is an indicator of college readiness. The composite readiness benchmarks are set at 18 for English, 22 for Math, 22 for Reading, and 23 for Science. The WRHS average exceeded the benchmarks in all areas.

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