As we roll into February, the weather still seems to be a little confused.   We have a forecast of sixty degree days, followed by a cold front that could bring freezing rain, followed by days in the upper forties.   It is no surprise that we continue to see the cold and flu bug hit, go away for a while and then come back strong again.   It has been a strange winter so far weather wise and the future forecast doesn’t seem to show any change in the pattern. 

    The state legislature is back in session and once again, school finance is one of the top issues in Topeka.   The legislature is still under the watchful eye of the Kansas Supreme Court as they have ordered the legislature to come up with more funding for Kansas education.   They have set a deadline for later this spring so we will continue to watch the news stream to see how the decisions up there will impact us locally. 

    Each year, I sit down with each student in grades 6 - 12, one on one, to discuss what they might want to do for a living someday.  I go over what they want to do, how they plan on getting to that point and why they are looking at the field they are looking at currently.  It is always interesting to hear their ideas and plans for their futures.  It is exciting to hear the possibilities.  I encourage all parents to talk with their students about what they are thinking about doing.   Parental guidance in this area is extremely important.   We try to talk with them to help give them ideas about what the best fit might be for them, but parents are still a huge factor when a student is trying to plan out their future.  

     Even though we have had some warmer than usual temperatures, the threat of winter weather is still very real.   If decisions need to be made for bad weather, we will do so as quickly as possible.  However, always remember that parents have the final say on whether they send their student out to drive in bad weather.  As we all know – one mile can make a big difference when talking snow packed or passable roads.   We all want everyone to make it to school safely.  


 As always - I truly appreciate the support that this community shows for our students and our school.  Conway Springs is a great place to raise children!


Clay Murphy - Superintendent of Schools


February - 18 - No school

March 1 - 1:00 dismissal (End of 3rd Nine Weeks)

March  11-15   -  No school - Spring Break

USD 356 is now taking applications for a FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR.  This position will begin at the end of the current school year.  This is an 10.5 - 11 month position.  If interested, please turn in an application at the district office.  For more information you can contact the district office at 620 - 456 - 2961.  Deadline for applications will be February 28th.

 We are always looking for substitute teachers, substitute cooks and substitute bus drivers.  If interested in any of these positions - please call the district office at 620-456-2961.

Certified teaching positions and coaching positions are posted on the KSDE website at