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Military Families

At Derby Public Schools, we are proud to serve our military community with nearly 13% of the 6,867 students being military-connected. Military families who choose to live in base housing are assigned to our school district, with one of our nine elementary schools being connected to base housing. We understand the unique needs of your family and child and look forward to assisting you. Our school district works in close partnership with McConnell Air Force Base Leadership and the School Liaison Officer to address the needs of military-connected students in the district. This partnership has provided many opportunities for program and service development that eases that impact of students in transition and supports students who are facing difficult challenges unique to military families.

Upcoming Military-Connected Activities

Naval Horizons Essay Contest
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  • Operation Purple Summer Challenge from NMFA is a free, virtual experience for PreK-8 students.

Operation Purple Summer Challenge
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Purple Star District

Derby Public Schools is proud to be honored with the Kansas State Department of Education Purple Star Designation for our efforts and programs in place to support military families and students. 

Learn more about the Purple Star designation

Derby Public Schools Quick Facts, Tips and Resources

Our school district boundaries cover a total of 50 square miles and consists of 12 total schools: one high school, two middle schools, nine elementary schools (six elementary schools are in Derby, three are in the Wichita city limits).

Derby Public Schools employs approximately 1,200 certified and classified team members. If you are interested in employment, we have many flexible positions, including substitute positions, that work around a variety of schedules and needs your family may have. Learn more and apply!

Derby is a place known for its community spirit. We wear green on Fridays to show our school district and Panther (our high school mascot) pride. Derby gear can be purchased at various locations at school and around town, including Bittersweet Walmart, Dillons, Target and Shirts Plus. Visit our district's online spirit wear store.

Learn more about great community partners under the "Explore Derby" tab in the top menu bar.

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Additional Resources for Military-Connected Families


Military OneSource Database

McConnell AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center

Free, 24/7 Tutoring for Military Families

Military Interstate Compact

Contact Information

Gregory Martin


Gregory D. Martin, Civ, DAF
School Liaison Program Manager
McConnell Air Force Base
Wichita, KS
(316) 759-3326

McConnell AFB School Liaison Facebook Page