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From the Desk of Patrick McKernan

Dear 429 Parents and Gaurdians


Hello and I hope everyone is in that school routine.  We have been in school a full month now and I am certain your children have adjusted to new staff, new expectations, and the busy schedule of school.  It is important to not be so busy that your children get worn down.  As I have mentioned many times, and all research will reinforce this, attendance at school is the number one indicator of academic success.  Getting your children to school daily, arranging appointments on non-school days, and making sure you reinforce the many reasons they need to be in school will go a long way on helping your child succeed in school and life.  The state of Kansas now has us reporting students who miss more than 10% of the school days.  This is reported at the end of the year.  However, we are tracking this on both campuses.  You might think that ten percent is not a lot of days, but over the course of the year those days add up.  So bottom line, get your kids to school.


One of our district goals I want to bring to your attention is listed below.  I am open to anyone’s input, expertise, and knowledge on these areas.  We are seeking input from parents and patrons on facility upgrades or renovations they would like to see.  We are also seeking input for capital purchases, including technology.  5 years is a short term plan, but we need to begin somewhere.   Again, please share your input with me or any staff member. 




    • Gain input from school and community stakeholders on potential purchases and projects
    • Include technology planning/purchases in this study.
    • Have list approved by the board of education in the spring of 2020. 


I do hope your children have had a positive start to the year.  Please let me know if I can help you in any way.  Communicating with your child’s teacher is a great way to stay on top of their education.  Take care.



Patrick E. McKernan

Superintendent of Schools/Elementary Principal

Troy USD 429