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Board Policy JBCC: Enrollment of Nonresident Students


May 1 – Capacities Approved and Openings Released

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June 1 – Nonresident Student Application Period Opens

Non-Resident Application for Enrollment

June 30 – Nonresident Application Period Ends

July 1 – 15 – Notice of Denial / Acceptance of Enrollment 

On Saturday, December 9, 2023, students from Sylvan-Lucas High School and Lucas-Sylvan Elementary School will perform at the Northwest District Kansas Music Educator's Convention, held on the campus of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

Performers from the Lucas-Sylvan Elementary School, selected by audition, academics and leadership are Cason Hlad, Jaxson Meitler, Liam Stone, Peyton Nielsen, Keira Palmer and Tayleigh Denning.

Performers from the Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School are Altos:  Hannah Pahls, Lydia Heffel, Macie Ortiz and Sopranos:  Aubrelle Hurlbut and Kadence Palmer.  Vocal students were selected through a live audition, held at Hays High School in November and must be in good standing at their local high school.  Instrumentalists submitted a recorded audition and Jacob Schultz will perform on baritone and his brother, Isaac Schultz will perform on trombone in the Honor Band.  They also have to be in good standing at their local high school.

The Elementary Concert will be held in Beach/Schmidt Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. and the High School Concert will be at 3:30 in Beach/Schmidt Auditorium on the Fort Hays State University Campus.  Admission is $5.00 and a stamp in the early concert will also get people into the second concert at 3:30.

The Elementary Honor Choir Clinician is Mr. Kelly Knedler, the director of choral music and musical theatre at Concordia Jr./Sr High School.  He serves the Kansas Music Educators Association as Advocacy and Government Relations Advisor..

The High School Honor Choir Clinician is Mr. Micah Horton, the Director of choirs at Olathe North High School, in Olathe, Kansas and the Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

The High School Honor Band clinician is Mrs. Kathy Amrein, a retired band and vocal teacher who taught many years at Thomas More Prep in Hays, Kansas.

Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools congratulate these great young musicians on this wonderful accomplishment- to perform with the best musicians from Northwest Kansas schools.




Notice is hereby given pursuant to K.S.A. 72-3126, of a public hearing to be held on the 13th day of November, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at Lucas-Sylvan Elementary School regarding the Unified School District No. 299, Lincoln County, Kansas proposed policy to determine the number of nonresident students that the school district has the capacity to accept in each grade level for each school of the school district pursuant to K.S.A. 72-3123, and amendments thereto, including clearly specifying the reasons that the board may use to deny continued enrollment of a nonresident student who is not in good standing.

A representative of the board shall present the board’s proposal for the policy, and the board shall hear testimony regarding the proposed policy.

Site Council Minutes

The Sylvan/Lucas site council met on Monday, October 9, 2023 in the Sylvan High school library.  Members present were:  President, Tammy Cline, Vice-President Michelle Ellenz, secretary, Bernie Hlad, and Mr. Clay Mettlen, Mr. Jeff Starkey, Stephanie Svaty, Zach Hlad, Stacy Meitler, Tyler Gier, Melissa Wacker, Freedom Cain, and STUCO representatives Layne Buttenhoff and Cai Labertew.

The minutes from September 11, 2023 were read and approved. 

New members to the site council are Michelle Brokes and Freedom Cain.

Mr. Starkey and Mr. Mettlen read their reports; STUCO shared the classes and other organizations’ news.

Mr. Starkey said the air conditioner in the high school gym was finished and working well.  There may be a conflict with parent/teacher conferences on October 26 due to football playoffs.  He will let everyone know.

Members brought to the table the possibility of having membership and minutes from our meeting shared on our school website and Facebook page.  All agreed this would be beneficial.

Updating the sign on the highway north of town to include other achievements such as forensics, music and art.  Zach asked about having a sign on the south side of town as well.

No action taken; lengthy discussion.

Discussion about the possibility of moving junior high volleyball and football to the high school.  There is concern with the health and accessibility of the gym; especially no rails and the smell.

Mr. Starkey said there could be options as far as maybe finding funding to repair, improve the gym.  Stephanie suggested doing a survey directed to parents to see what their thoughts were.  Mr. Starkey will also check with the board tonight to see what their thoughts are.  Tabled until next month.

Tammy asked about discounted activity passes for the alumni that come to the games?  Mr. Starkey said that we have not raised our ticket prices for years.  Stephanie suggested the Booster Club pay for tickets for the seniors.  No action taken.

With no other business, positive comments were shared by all.  Stephanie motioned to adjourn the meeting and Zach 2nd; meeting adjourned at 7:23 pm.

Respectfully submitted by

Bernie Hlad, secretary


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USD 299 Mission Statement

The Mission of Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools is to provide students with a safe atmosphere, balanced curriculum, and a progressive education that will help the students become active, well-educated and responsible citizens. Utilizing technology, communications, leadership and community involvement; the staff will challenge students to reach their fullest potential and prepare them for post-secondary education or entry into the workforce.

Sylvan-Lucas Unified School District has made a commitment to technological advancements so that staff and students will be equipped to work successfully in our complex world in the future.

USD 299 Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Jeff Starkey, Superintendent of Schools - District Compliance Officer

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