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Basic District Information

by Darrel Kohlman

The District

The Nemaha Central School District makes up 225 square miles in Nemaha County. With buildings located in Seneca, Baileyville, and St. Benedict; please see the home page for links to each of the individual buildings’ web pages. The other communities that are served by USD #115 Nemaha Central include Kelly and Oneida. The total student population is around 600 between the four buildings and including our Pre-School Program.

Seneca, with almost 2,500 people, is located in northeast Kansas on highway 36, a little over one hour north of Topeka by car. Seneca has a healthy business, professional, and financial community along with the county courthouse, a new community hospital, a newly renovated public library, and several state and federal governmental offices. A new 18 hole golf course and an aquatic center. Numerous farming operations and dairies are found in the area as well as light manufacturing and construction trades.

Nemaha Valley Elementary and Middle School is home to a Pre-K-5 facility and a 6-8 addition, housing over 270 students. The new building was occupied in the fall of 2009 to make the building educationally modern. The building has reached the grade level and building level for the Standard of Excellence in the past on Kansas State Assessments.

B&B Junior/High School is located in Baileyville and houses 90 students in the 7-12 grades. The High School is classified as 1A by KSHSAA. In the past the activity programs have been highly successful at the State Level of competition. The building has reached the grade level and building level for the Standard of Excellence in the past on Kansas State Assessments. The students at BBHS have also scored above the State average on the ACT in the past.

Nemaha Valley High School was built in the early 1970's and houses over 200 students, making it a 3A classification high school for grades 9-12. The building has reached the grade level and building level for the Standard of Excellence in the past on Kansas State Assessments. The students at NVHS have also scored above the State average on the ACT in the past.

Athletically, the junior highs belong to the Oregon Trail League and NVHS is a member of the Big Seven League, while B&BHS belongs to the Twin Valley League.

The People

One distinguishing characteristic of the Nemaha Central School District is the enthusiastic support for young people and education. It is a common site to see the schools filled to capacity with patrons for an evening activity.

A dedicated staff of over 150 persons strives daily to meet the needs of the students. This staff number includes special education teachers and paraprofessionals located in one other districts as U.S.D. 115 is the sponsor for the Marshall Nemaha Special Services Cooperative.
The communities and staff support of children is evidenced by low absenteeism and dropout rates. Acts of violence are rare between students and almost unheard of in connection with staff. Persons come and go from early morning to late evening in the school buildings without the worry of personal safety. Suspension remains an infrequent exception as discipline problems do not disrupt the learning of the students.

The graduation rate is well above the state average and some years is 100% of the senior class. Over the years, somewhere between 75% to 85% of the graduates have gone on to further education or training. The majority of the students furthering their education have done have done so at four-year colleges with the remainder pursuing more skilled, technical training at community and technical schools.

This desire to achieve educationally is reflected at all grade levels as Nemaha Central students annually score above the state and national averages on standardized tests.

The Programs

The following programs demonstrate that the Nemaha Central Schools believe in providing educational opportunities for all students:
  * Reading Recovery
  * Title I reading and math
  * Full time special education services, including early childhood
  * Summer school
  * After school tutoring
  * Full time elementary and secondary counselors
  * School nursing services
  * Approved vocational programs, including the only auto mechanics program in the area
  * Access to Internet
  * All buildings have computerized networks
  * Distance learning labs
  * All buildings have computer labs with computers in almost every classroom
  * Active school improvement and curriculum development plan
  * Strong activities and athletic programs with numerous state qualifying teams and champions

For additional information contact:

Darrel Kohlman, Superintendent of Schools

Colette Hermesch, Clerk of the Board

Nemaha Central Schools
318 Main
Seneca, Kansas 66538-1924
785/336-6101 (business telephone)
785/336-2268 (business fax)

B&B Junior High/High School
313 Nemaha St.
P.O. Box 69
Baileyville, KS 66404
785-336-6631(business telephone)
785-336-2835 (fax)

Nemaha Valley Elementary and Middle School
110 North 11th
Seneca, Kansas 66538-1736
785/336-2173 (business phone)
785/336-2174 (business fax)

Nemaha Valley High School
214 North 11th
Seneca, Kansas 66538-1798
785/336-3557 (business phone)
785/336-3672 (business fax)

Marshall-Nemaha County Special Education Cooperative
316 Main
Seneca, Kansas 66538-1924
785/336-2181 (business phone)
785/336-2181 (business fax)

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