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U.S.D. #256, Marmaton Valley

Mission Statement of USD #256


U.S.D. #256 is committed to providing an educational environment that promotes the maximum mental, physical, and social development of each individual.

David R. Hardage, Superintendent

Mrs. Kim Ensminger, Junior/Senior High Principal

Mr. Kenneth B. McWhirter, Marmaton Valley Elementary Principal


USD 256 Marmaton Valley Schools:

USD 256, Marmaton Valley Schools is located in the eastern half of Allen County in Southeast Kansas. The district covers 225 square miles, it includes the communities of Elsmore, Mildred, Moran, and Savonburg. The district’s two attendance centers and district office are located in Moran, Ks all at one campus site – 128 West Oak Street.

There are two four-year universities (Pittsburg and Ottawa) and four community colleges (Allen County, Neosho County, Labette County and Fort Scott) all within a 60 mile radius of the school district.  

The following items are highlights of USD 256:

  • Marmaton Valley Junior/Senior High School is Quality Performance Accredited
  • Marmaton Valley Elementary is Quality Performance Accredited
  • All Facilities are on one campus site
  • Marmaton Valley Elementary, 2012 Standard of Excellence in Reading and Science
  • Marmaton Valley Junior High, 2012, Challenge Award Honoree, 7th Grade Reading
  • Marmaton Valley Junior/Senior High, 2012 Standard of Excellence in Reading, Math, History and Science
  • High School has an interactive distance learning laboratory (IDL) that provides students with the opportunity to receive high school and college credit concurrently
  • T-1 Internet capability
  • Two elementary technology rich classrooms (3rd & 4th grade)
  • Wireless portable computer lab – computers on a cart
  • Computer laboratory
  • New Commons, Kitchen , two classrooms, weight room Gym and locker rooms added in 1998
  • Vocational programs in agriculture, business, and family and consumer science
  • Vocational agriculture has a horticulture program with a greenhouse on site
  • Member of ANW Special Education Cooperative
  • Member of Three Rivers League