School Board Elections 2017

Wellsville USD 289 will have three positions open for the upcoming Board of Education Election.


Position 3 –  South of Wellsville  (2-year term)
Position 4 – City of Wellsville
Position 5 – North of Wellsville
Position 6 – South of Wellsville

Filing and Election Dates
•    Filing Deadline – Thursday, June 1, 2017 
     Please apply with the County Clerk at the Franklin County Courthouse.
•    Primary election – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
•    General election – Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Terms of Office
•    Term expiration dates for school board members scheduled to expire in 2017 under the old plan will now expire on the second Monday in January of 2018. 
•    Newly-elected school board members will take office on the second Monday in January following the election.

The Wellsville USD 289 District Boundaries map is located on our website.  www.wellsville-usd289.org

Learn More – Including WHY I SERVE   www.kasb.org/boardelections2017






Wellsville USD #289 will hold induction ceremonies for the newest member to the Wellsville Wall of Fame on May 13, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Kermit Deterding Gymnasium.  Our inductee for 2017 is William (Bill) Lytle.


    Bill Lytle

    Class of 1968

William (Bill) Lytle has positively impacted the Wellsville community. As an avid supporter of both athletics and community interests, Bill has worked tirelessly to benefit the Wellsville School District, Wellsville Baptist Church, and the City of Wellsville.

Bill, a fourth-generation Wellsville resident, grew up on a farm and was a Class of 1968 graduate. In addition to a thirty-two-year career at Gill Studios, Bill also worked for the City of Wellsville. He is currently serving his third term as Mayor of Wellsville.

In addition to his career, his impact has been greatly appreciated throughout Wellsville for his many community service interests.  Bill has served the Wellsville Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, served on the Board of Trustees, as well as on the Hospitality Committee.  He has also served as a 4-H leader, and on committee’s including: Wellsville Days Committee, WJRC Board, Wellsville School Board, Wellsville Chamber of Commerce, Franklin County Development Council, and a charter member of the Wellsville Kiwanis Club.    

His work with Kiwanis helped to establish the wonderful US Flag display we see around the area on federally recognized “Flag Flying Holiday’s.”  Additionally, his work with the Wellsville Baptist Church has promoted events such as the Valentine Banquet, Fall Festival, and Thanksgiving Dinner which attracts residents of Wellsville and surrounding communities each year. He continues to volunteer at the Wellsville Retirement Community and Wellsville Community Center, and is an active voice in the development/growth of Franklin County.

Bill and his wife, Nancy, can regularly be seen at all Wellsville Schools events, supporting and cheering on the Eagles.  He represents kindness, generosity, active engagement, and a serving heart.  His impact on our community and its people is immeasurable.  

The Wellsville Wall of Fame Committee hopes you will be able to attend the ceremony and to share in this event with our newest member.


Induction May 13th, 2017 4:00 PM






Congratulations to Mrs. Lindbloom and her students in band and choir.  They received a 1 rating at state large group.  A 1 rating is the best rating they can receive.  The student’s hard work and Mrs. Lindbloom’s hard work all school year have paid off!  Very nice work!  The Eagle family is very proud of your accomplishments.




As you all know, all levels of USD 289 Schools held a book drive to collect books for the three libraries within the school district. The books are still currently being sorted through, but many have went into each of the libraries.  With the books that cannot be used, the Wellsville Retirement Center will soon be going through the stacks to see what they can use for their residents.  We also plan to donate to various shelters and charities within the four county area.  With the remaining books, WMS librarian, Ardith Bell and WHS librarian, Chris Patton are taking them to be sold and then using the money received to buy additional books for the libraries.  It is a WIN-WIN situation for all of the students within the USD 289 school district.  With the middle school and the high school starting their book collection at the beginning of September, the middle school students donated a total of 2,862 books and the high school donated a total of 740.  The elementary began their book drive the first part of October and the elementary students donated a total of 1,855 books.  This combined for a GRAND TOTAL OF 5,457 books. 

Below is a chart of how many books each class donated.  Thank you to all of the students, the parents and everyone in the community who helped make this book drive such a success.  As promised, the elementary class that collected the most books will receive a pizza party that will be provided by the Wellsville High School FBLA organization.  Mrs. Sharon VanHorn’s 1st Grade Class won the competition with a TOTAL of 593 books collected.  They will receive their pizza party on February 3, 2017.  And to thank all of the other teachers and classes that participated, we have made personalized bookmarks.  (If you did not take school pictures during the month of September, however, we do not have a personalized bookmark for you.  Our sincerest apologies.)



Book Drive Organizers ~ Ardith Bell, Chris Patton and

Wellsville High School Future Business Leaders of American ~



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“Books. . .are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ‘em, then we grow out of ‘em and leave ‘em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.”

 ~Dorothy L. Sayers




USD 289 community members:

Below is a description of what our Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson has been
working on this last two years. He, along with State Board of Education Members traveled the
state to ask questions about what education should look like in Kansas. This is the information
they have published and adopted. We are working to fulfill this vision of Kansas education and
are excited to say we had started a movement in this direction already. It will be a long process
but I am very proud of our students, teachers and the community support for this movement.






If you need to reach any of our schools please dial the appropriate office phone number.  

Elementary 883-2996
Middle School 883-4350

High School 883-2057
District Office 883-2388
Bus Barn 883-2114


Keeping It Clean

At the March Board meeting, the Board decided to change our procedure for cleaning our buildings.

District staff have been observing this different way of cleaning schools for the past two years. The

district staff are excited to make this change after careful research and discussion with other school

districts and believe this will be just as affective, if not better than what we currently are doing to clean

our schools. This new way of cleaning our schools takes away the worry for staff and parents who might

have allergies to chemicals used in the cleaning process.


Below are two videos explaining the process for our new way of cleaning our schools. As usual, should

you have any questions, please ask. Thank you for your continued support of USD 289. Students and

staff do appreciate all the Wellsville community does for them.



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Contact Information
Wellsville USD 289
602 Walnut Street
Wellsville, Kansas 66092

District Office Hours:
7:30 am - 4:00 pm, M-F

Bus Barn
Phone: 785-883-2114

Phone: 785-883-2388
Fax: 785-883-4453
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