USD 259 asks students how they can be better


Over 100 students from different high schools piled into Alvin E. Morris’ Administrative Center to give educators an idea of what they need to be successful after high school. 

Dr. Alicia Thompson, whom started several new programs within USD 259 since her appointment as the district’s superintendent, helped to lead the discussion.  

“What can we do better?” Dr. Thompson asked a room full of high school students, before pairing them with a group to discuss their opinions. 

Many students talked about course work and social life as a senior. Others talked about the systematic issues that make it hard for them to focus in class. 

“What do you think your school can do better to support college career readiness?” asked Shobri Pella from East High School. 

Each student chimed in on ways that they would feel more prepared for life after high school. A common theme in one group was the courses made available. 

“More classes can be devoted to individual fields,” said Jacob Jrehbiel, Northeast Magnet student. “Like, engineering; I don’t want to waste money in college trying to figure out if I want to be an engineer. 

Other students like Daegiona Wilson said she wants to feel like her teachers are grading on the same scale. 

“Sometimes people have an easier way to get a good grade, and then sometimes it’s harder depending on what teacher you have,” explained Wilson. 

Dr. Thompson told KSN that she meets with a group of students every month to discuss similar topics. She plans to continue these meetings in an effort to push USD 259 forward. 

“I see hopes and dreams of students on their faces as they leave with the skill sets we’ve given them to take their lives to another level,” said Thompson. 

For more on USD 259 and their programs you can check their webpage here

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