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Skyline Schools Celebrating their 50th Anniversary

Skyline Schools will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Saturday, April 28, 2018. As a community we celebrate the rich history that Skyline continues to create  in our community.

In 1963, state legislation mandated the consolidation of schools in the State of Kansas. According to the state mandate, new consolidated districts were to have a minimum of 400 students in grades 1-12 and at least 200 square miles of territory and $2 million in valuation. In Pratt County and nearby areas several configurations were considered. One organizational plan was to have a county school district but a June 1964 vote on that plan failed 498-1432 in a county-wide vote. The rural areas of the county voted against this proposal 82-1063. The city of Pratt slightly favored this concept by a vote of 416-369.

Another idea was to form a district comprised of the then existing Iuka, Preston, Byers, Cullison, Coats and Sawyer school districts. After a favorable vote of the patrons in these areas, this plan was submitted to the Kansas State Board of Education in early 1965. The Iuka school district was removed from this proposed unified district by the Kansas State Board of Education. The Preston district, which had previously committed to the new unified district, known as Unified School District 438, petitioned to be removed from Unified School District 438 and that petition was approved. Thus both the Iuka and Preston districts became part of the Pratt USD 382 district.

The site of the proposed facility for Unified School District 438 was to be northeast of the city of Pratt near where the to-be-built Junior College would be located. One of the reasons for that location was easy access to the Junior College so high school students could avail themselves of certain college courses. Another reason for that location was it was in somewhat the geographical center of the proposed district when Iuka and Preston were still included in the proposed district. A third reason for choosing this location was the availability of utility connections. A fourth quite interesting reason for this location was that Highway 54 was eventually to be rerouted, bypassing Pratt to the north and this rerouted Highway 54 would provide easy access to the proposed unified district facility. Fifty years later that proposed bypass is still just a concept.

On May 31, 1966 the patrons in what is now USD 438 voted 451-166 to approve a $959,000 bond issue to build what became known as Skyline Schools. It was felt that it was important to stay below $1 million in costs in order to obtain a positive vote on this issue.

When the Iuka and Preston school districts became unified with Pratt USD 382, the site of the proposed facility for the reconfigured USD 438 was moved to a plot of land on old Highway 54 two miles west of Pratt and the following ***News Release*** was issued.

Several major additions have been made to the original building. These additions are: 1971-72 Bus Maintenance and Vocational Education Building, 1978-79 Practice Gymnasium and Classroom Addition, 1984-85 Classrooms added on the west side of the building, 1990-91 Industrial Education Building and more Classrooms on the west side of the building, and 2005-2006 Weight Room, Restrooms and Concession Stand Building added at the football field. Additionally, several areas of the facility have been remodeled and repurposed to meet safety, student and curricular needs.

On April 28, 2018 a 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held at Skyline School. The fifty years being celebrated represent the time frame of the existence of Skyline School and the number of classes that have been graduated from Skyline School. This time frame is sometimes confusing to some because USD 438 actually was in operation in 1966-67. School was still being conducted at Byers, Coats, Cullison and Sawyer during that year while Skyline School was being built.

As a result of a state mandate, plus a desire to provide enhanced educational opportunities for students and through many hours of discussing, planning and preparation by local leaders, USD 438 and Skyline Schools became a reality. The original Board of Education of Bob Moore, President, Lothair Dauner, Vice President, Charles Cooper, Jess Stratford, Jr., Clarence Newby, and Bill Kenworthy and the first Superintendent of Schools, Joe Hickey led this process. The success and longevity of USD 438 and Skyline Schools are a testament to the dedication and farsightedness of these leaders and the patrons who created those two entities.

Skyline Schools
50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Skyline Foundation will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at the Skyline School gymnasium. All alumni, parents, patrons and friends of Skyline are invited to attend!

Visit https://usd438.revtrak.net/50th-anniversary/#/list to register online or by mail with this invite.

Schedule of Events

3:00        Alumni Band practice

Skyline’s current band directors, Bob Lee and Steven Novotny, will be holding a practice at Skyline for any alumni who wish to come and participate. The alumni band will be performing that evening. Please notify Bob (blee@skylineschools.org or call 620-672-5651, ext. 255) if you intend to take part in this event and also if you will need an instrument.  Band

5:00        Registration and school tours

6:00        Welcome

Catered meal – $15 per person (Reservations are due by April 14th)

7:00        Skyline Alumni band to perform

7:30        Memorial recognition

Auction

8:30 – midnight                  After Party at the Elks Lodge – $5 per person cover charge

Music/D.J. sponsored by the Foundation

Cash bar will be available and provided by the Elks Lodge

Auction

We have had many generous donors of a variety of auction items for the event.

More auction items are needed and welcomed! If you have an item you would like to donate, please contact Lisa Befort at lbefort@hotmail.com or 620-770-2891. Your donation will be recognized in the levels of giving.  Levels of Giving Sheet1Annual Giving Form

Memorabilia Table

We will have a table in the gymnasium for those that would like to bring Skyline memorabilia to share at the event. If you would like to donate any memorabilia, The Pratt Historical Museum will have forms to fill out for your donation at the event. They are asking for Skyline School memorabilia for a display in the museum. What a great way to preserve your memorabilia! For further info please contact Ruth Ann Barker at ruthannbarker@yahoo.com or 620-672-5000.

50th Anniversary Celebration T-shirts

The t-shirts are white with the 50th Anniversary logo on it. Cost of the shirts are $10. Orders will need to be received no later than April 14th to get the shirt at the event. No orders will be taken at the event so order now!  T-Shirt

An “Early Days of Skyline” video will be available at the event. A.C. Boland has compiled video and information on the early days of Skyline and the creative construction design of the school. Also, the last 50 years of yearbooks have been compiled on CD.   You can get your copy with a donation to the Skyline Schools Foundation. The Foundation will also have 50th Anniversary artic cup metal tumblers and some Skyline cookbooks available for sale at the event.

Hotel Reservations

There are several hotel options in Pratt. There are also several other events being hosted in Pratt the same weekend as the 50th Anniversary celebration. We have secured several blocks of rooms until March 28th.  Hotel

The 1st 100 people who register will get a “Welcome to Pratt” bag with goodies!

To pay for your meal, order a t-shirt or make a donation using a credit card, please follow these steps:  go to www.skylineschools.org – on the right side of our website click on online payments by RevTrak; scroll down to Skyline Schools 50th Anniversary logo; select whichever you would like to pay for; set up a log in to enter your credit card information.

 

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