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 USD 294

Your Voice Matters!
Shaping the future of Decatur Community Schools


Dear USD 294 Registered Voter and Patron,


The Oberlin Unified School District 294 is dedicated to providing the best possible learning environment for our children. To achieve this, the board asked the Docking Institute at Fort Hays State University to gather community input on what's most important for our schools.


USD 294 is currently facing a multitude of decisions about improvements required at both the elementary and Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School. Needs include safety and security measures, learning spaces designed for modern teaching methods, and handicap accessibility. They also include replacement of major systems like heating, air conditioning, electrical service, windows and plumbing that have exceeded their life expectancy. 


We understand that resources are limited. That's why your voice is essential in helping the school board make informed decisions.


Before we prioritize future projects, we want to hear from YOU. What features do you believe are most crucial for creating a vibrant and efficient school system for our children?


Here's how you can help:


On behalf of the school board, the Docking Institute is conducting a short survey. This survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. All responses will be combined in a report and presented to the school board to guide a facilities improvement plan based on community sentiment for priorities and budget.


Your participation is essential. By completing the survey, you'll ensure the school board has a clear understanding of community priorities when allocating resources for the safety, education, and overall success of our students.


Please complete the enclosed questionnaire and return it to the Docking Institute in the postage-paid business reply envelope provided by June 25. On behalf of the school board, we appreciate your time and valuable input. If you have any questions, please contact USD 294 Superintendent, Joel Applegate at 785-475-3805 or




The Oberlin Unified School District 294 Board of Education

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Oberlin USD 294
131 East Commercial
Oberlin, KS  67749


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