Hutchinson Public Schools dates back to a one-room school that opened four years before the city of Hutchinson was incorporated. The district grew steadily with the community and benefited from Hutchinson Naval Air Stations presence south of the community during World War II and the Korean Conflict. At its height, Hutchinson Public Schools formerly known as Reno County District No. 1 had nearly 10,000 students. Several rural districts surrounded the district, each bumping up to the city's corporate limits. When the district was reorganized as Unified School District No. 308 on July 1, 1966, the Board decided the geography of the district should include only the then existing boundaries of Hutchinson. The decision allowed the district to maintain its neighborhood schools without any busing. Today, the district is the third smallest K-12 district in Kansas at 14 square miles. In contrast, the next smallest district in Reno County is Buhler USD 313 at 137 square miles. Fairfield USD 310 is more than a quarter the size of the entire state of Rhode Island at 435.5 miles. As the city of Hutchinson s boundaries expanded and the natural out-migration from the city center occurred, USD 308 did not enjoy the expanded population. Consequently, the rural districts became suburban.
The future of USD 308 is guided by its mission statement:
Students graduate with the knowledge, skills and behaviors to be college and career ready.
The Mission Statement also serves as the District's Results 1 Policy under Coherent Governance.
The other five results focus on academic achievement, skills and behaviors.
Students annually gain a minimum of one year’s growth in the following core academics:
Students analyze, synthesize, generate and evaluate ideas by demonstrating
Students communicate and collaborate by demonstrating
Students lead a productive life and contribute to society by demonstrating
Students plan for their futures by demonstrating
USD 308 serves approximately 4,900 students in pre-kindergarten through post-high school. The district offers pre-natal (the Early Head Start program) through high school services to the community and is a partner with Hutchinson Community College to offer post-secondary Career and Technical Education training. Our facilities include one early learning center, eight elementary schools, one middle school on two campuses and a single high school.
The district is ethnically and socio-economically diverse. The districts study body is 71 percent Caucasian, 18 percent Hispanic, 5.2 percent African American and 4.7 percent multi-ethnic. More than 63 percent of our students qualify for free- and reduced-price meals.
USD 308 is district accredited by AdvancedED/NCA.
The district is completing construction of a $78.8 million bond issue approved by district voters in 2006. The bond issue included upgraded facilities at all elementary and middle schools as well as significant upgrades at Hutchinson High School. Additionally, the bond issue provided for a new Career and Technical Education Academy on the HHS campus.
Hutchinson also has embraced numerous quality initiatives, including the Koalaty Kid at the K-6 level and Quality Keys at the secondary school level. The district employs Ruby Payne and Kagan cooperative learning strategies as well.