USD 240 District News-February 2020

Information from the district perspective

The purpose of the newsletter from Superintendent Van Ranken

Twin Valley parent and patrons,

My goal is to keep you informed as much as possible as to what takes place with the district but in all honesty, we do not have the personnel to do a more regular newsletter well. I will try this electronic format for the 2019-2020 school year in hopes of sharing the positive things as well as the challenges we face in the district.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to share them with me, Fred Van Ranken at the USD 240 Central Office by phone at 785-488-3325 ext 401, in person at 107 N. Nelson in Bennington, or via email at

February Friday TV Lunch Bunch Webinars

Friday Feb 7 2020 Lunch Bunch

Track resurfacing at Twin Valley

In late May or early June of this school year, Twin Valley will be resurfacing tracks at both Bennington and Tescott. During the time this is taking place the tracks will not be accessible to any school or outside groups. When finished, we will have two outstanding track surfaces for our students to use for years to come.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Fred Van Ranken at the USD 240 Central Office.

Superintendent Resignation and New Superintendent Search

As I am sure you all know by now, I have resigned my position as the Twin Valley Superintendent, effective at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30, 2020. I will be taking the superintendent position at USD 373 Newton Public Schools on July 1, 2020.

The USD 240 Board of Education is actively searching for a replacement for my position to take over on July 1. They are using KASB to assist in conducting the search as they do an outstanding job of matching candidates with district based upon desired characteristics.

I just want all students, parent, patrons, and staff at Twin Valley that I have thoroughly enjoyed my three-plus years here. My leaving has nothing to do with this district as much as it was an opportunity for me in the Newton district. What your schools have done to support student learning through the redesign process is pretty amazing. Good people here at Twin Valley Public Schools.

Survey link-Superintendent Search Input

The link below was posted on the USD 240 website in addition to social media sites hosted by the district (Facebook and Twitter). It will allow you to provide your district with input as to characteristics you would like to see in your next superintendent.

The link will remain active until March 2, 2020.

Parent, patron, student, and staff perceptions of USD 240 Schools

Twin Valley has hired an outside organization to help accomplish two important things. One is to help us better inform current students, parents, and patrons as to the great things happening in our school system in a more effective and systematic fashion. The second is They are to gather information to develop strategies and tactics to help lure families and students to Twin Valley.

During this process, they interviewed students, staff, parents, and other district leaders. The purpose was to gather perceptions and gain insight about the good things taking place in Twin Valley Schools, especially as it relates to the Redesign Initiative.

If you want to provide input in that regard, please feel free to click the link below and answer the eleven questions. This survey will remain open through the end of February, so the time is short.

Career Speakers-February 24, 2020

Mrs. Mick worked to set up an impressive list of career speakers this past week for USD 240 high school students. Below is the list of names along with a few photos during presentations. I was not able to get to all, but the three I did attend were great!

We try to do two larger sessions each year for all secondary students and two smaller ones for juniors and seniors.

Below is the list of presenters and employers

  • Larry Hettenbach –Exline
  • Steve Reed- KASA Controls
  • Matt Hertig – Alight Analytics- Trout’s room
  • Taylor Haws – Central Kansas Mental Health Center-Case Worker
  • Steve Wilson – KWU Athletic Director
  • Warren McDougal – Agricultural employment opportunities
  • Josh Paulino – Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Rachel Johnson –Headstart Home visitor, Heartland Programs
  • Kelly Yoxall- Medical Doctore-Comcare

Resource List For Services in Ottawa/Saline Counties

There is an attachment below that contains a list of resources for services in Ottawa and Saline Counties that was put together by Crystal Van Coervern (school social worker). This would be a good one to download and have as a resource.

Great work, Crystal!