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8:00 am-3:40 pm

3-Year-Old Preschool

8:00-11:00 am

4-Year-Old Preschool

12:00-3:40 pm


South Haven Schools

PO Box 229

229 S Kickapoo

South Haven, KS 67140

PH 620-892-5215

FAX 620-892-5814


Brown, Shelly
IRC K-6 Paraprofessional 619, Bus Driver
Byers, Brian
Woods Teacher, Maintenance Director
Byers, Dale
Bus Driver
Knoffloch, Rick
Bus Driver/ Custodian
Kuchar, Jami
School Nurse
Price, Brooke
Clerk of the Board, Accounts Clerk
Ratzlaff, LeRoy
District Staff
Russell, Missy
Technology Coordinator, Computer Apps and Technology Instructor
Simmons, Lacy
Weekley, Jenny

Office of the Superintendent

A Message From the Superintendent

Dear South Haven USD 509 Staff, Parents, Grandparents and Community Members,


On behalf of the Board of Education and the South Haven administrative team, we would like to express our appreciation to all of you for contributing to this amazing community of learners and leaders.


 How lucky we are that some of the most talented, professional, effective, and caring teachers, para-educators, bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, lunch servers, nurse, support staff, maintenance crew, counselors, and district office personnel work in our classrooms, hallways and offices.  Thank you for being inspiring educators and lifelong learners. You show such a strong commitment to your students’ continuous growth as learners and as future leaders. Your dedication and hard work help place our students on the path to career readiness and life success.

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Thank you to our South Haven parents for sharing your most valuable possession, your children. Through your guidance, they arrive on our doorstep, eager to new things and face new challenges.  In allowing them to face those challenges, you build resilient, self-reliant citizens who are grateful for the guidance of the adults in their lives. In addition, thanks goes to our community members and civic leaders, who make supporting our school and surrounding districts a priority.

Finally, we are grateful to our wonderful, talented, creative, inquisitive, optimistic, resourceful and resilient students. Often they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but always they make us think.  Most of all, they make us better.


In closing, here is a little piece by an unknown author. It is entitled,

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“Be Thankful.

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I think it captures the spirit of Thanksgiving and the Christmas season and of being grateful throughout the year for all that we have in our lives.




Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
they will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.



From our family to yours, we wish you all the very best throughout the holidays.


In Gratitude,


Dorsey          &        Seth

Dorsey Burgess                        Seth Pittman

Superintendent/                      JH/HS Principal

Elementary Principal

Student Enrollment in USD 509

Active Students Per Grade
as of September 8, 2017
  Total Male Female
3-Yr-Old Preschooler 7 4 3
4-Yr-Old Preschooler 8 3 5
Sub-Total Preschoolers 15 7 8
Kindergarten 10 3 7
1st Grade 18 9 9
2nd Grade 17 11 6
3rd Grade 15 7 8
4th Grade 13 5 8
5th Grade 16 8 8
Sub-Total (K-5) 89 43 46
6th Grade 9 3 6
7th Grade 15 7 8
8th Grade 14 7 7
9th Grade 19 9 10
10th Grade 12 6 6
11th Grade 15 9 6
12th Grade 14 6 8
Sub-Total (JH/HS) 98 47 51
Total Students K-12 187 90 97
Total Students with PreSchool 202    

Email the Superintendent

Burgess, Dorsey
Superintendent, PreK-5 Principal

Dorsey Burgess, Superintendent

Dorsey Burgess, Superintendent

Dorsey Burgess became the Superintendent of Schools for USD 509 South Haven in 2017. He grew up in Haysville, KS, went to Bishop Carroll High School and then Wichita State University where he received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. From 1982 – 1983, Mr. Burgess traveled with an international group called “Up With People.” Mr.Burgess served as the Principal of Benton Elementary School in the Circle District from 2002 to 2017. Prior to that he was the Assistant Principal at St. Francis of Assisi School for two years.


A former music teacher, Mr. Burgess directs the choir at his church, plays guitar, water skis, camps, and loves bluegrass, classic rock, and jazz.  He and his wife Debra reside in South Haven.