Russell County USD 407 is nestled in the heart of Central Kansas, located along the I-70 corridor between Salina, KS and Hays, KS, and operates a comprehensive K-12 school system. The district operates four attendance centers: Simpson Elementary School, Bickerdyke Elementary School, Ruppenthal Middle School, and Russell High School. Russell County USD 407 encompasses 489 square miles and maintains five (5) bus routes. The district offers a comprehensive curriculum that allows our students to meet the Regents recommended curriculum and prepares all students to be college and/or career ready. The district curriculum is aligned to the Kansas College Career Readiness Standards. Additionally, Russell High School offers nine (9) career and technical pathways. The district uses Career Cruising to help students design Individual Plans of Study.
The community of Russell USD 407 prides itself in a rich and abundant source of cultural and recreational experiences. Russell Recreation Commission offers many opportunities for youth to participate in a variety of programs that help prepare them for extracurricular activities provided by USD 407. As a 3A cassification, Russell County USD 407 is able to provide many competitive athletic and cativity programs for our students.
The district is in its fourth year with a 9-12 1:1 device initiative. During 2017-2018, laptops were purchased for 9-12 students as we ended our 3-year lease with Dell. Additionally, the 7th-8th grade students were issued Chromebooks and additional Chromebook carts were added to Bickerdyke Elementary School for student use. The district has added Lexia reading at the K-5 level as support to the reading curriculum and Mobymax as support to the math curriculum. Both programs are computer based software program.
Facilities are well maintained but are in need of updates that include HVAC improvements, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure updates. The district has completed several facility studies over the past several years. The Board of Education has set aside the fourth Monday of every month to continue to develop both a long-range facility plan, as well as, a priority list of short-term facility needs that need to be addressed.
The City of Russell is very progressive in supporting strategic plans and developing the economic opportunities in our community. Primary sources of revenue for the county include oil and agriculture. Although the economy has been rather depressed the past few years with a steep decline in the price of oil and commodities, the community continues to generously support the educational system through both monetary and non-monetary means.