Craig Wilford, Superintendent
Welcome to the Derby Public Schools!
It is a privilege to serve Derby Public Schools. As our schools excel, the Board of Education continues to look to the future for additional positive changes by developing relationships that will maximize our ability to educate all students. Public education is an avenue to change lives, address poverty and achievement gaps, and to challenge our very brightest to utilize all of their abilities. We are excited about playing such a critical role in the development of our youth.
We expect all students to reach their full potential and contribute responsibly in our society. As we pursue our mission, we invite and encourage the participation of all of our constituents. We know it is critical that we strive to build lasting relationships with students, parents, staff, and the community. Each relationship must be nurtured in order to achieve superior results.
Our teachers will continue to challenge and teach using the very best teaching strategies. These efforts have been consistently recognized through the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, Kansas Teacher’s Hall of Fame, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math. Over 54% of our staff members have earned master’s and/or doctoral degrees, a sign that learning is key to our adults.
Involving parents and the community in meaningful roles allows for experiences that promote achievement for all students and helps make schools places that belong to everyone. Hosting the National Student Council Conference and the National Forensics Tournament speak volumes to the role our community plays in supporting learning. Engaging everyone and empowering them to be a part of the process is a must in order to see that everyone reaches their full potential.
The Board of Education has always looked at ways to support school staff to motivate and provide the necessary skills for all students to be successful. With this in mind, the Board continues to support new programs, actively encourage online learning, and promote the development of learning plans that meet the individual needs of each student.
We as a district continue to set the bar high to ensure our students are ready for the 21st century. Research based cutting edge instructional programs, technology embedded learning, and staff that care about the success of all students makes Derby Public Schools a great place to be.
Our Derby community, voted one of the top 10 places to raise a family in the United States, also helps support learning through a variety of avenues. A commitment of supporting public education, community amenities, and recreational opportunities all exemplify a community that values a well-rounded education, which makes Derby a perfect place to raise a family.
We have hope of a better tomorrow for all of our young people. I look forward to continue serving and to help all children’s dreams come true.
Derby Public Schools Mission Statement
The mission of Derby Public Schools is to create and maintain a learning environment that ensures every student will attain a high level of personal growth and academic achievement. We commit to using progressive and appropriate teaching strategies and individual guidance to inspire students to become lifelong learners and productive members of a global society.