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School Hours


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

District Office Staff
Contact Shelly Brown  Shelly Brown IRC K-6 Paraprofessional 619, Bus Driver
Contact Dorsey Burgess  Dorsey Burgess Superintendent
Contact Brian Byers  Brian Byers Woods Teacher, Maintenance Director
Contact Dale Byers  Dale Byers Bus Driver
Contact Paige Coffey  Paige Coffey OPAA Asst. Food Service Director
Contact Chris Johnson  Chris Johnson Technology/Test Coordinator
Contact Rick Knoffloch  Rick Knoffloch Bus Driver/ Custodian
Contact Jami Kuchar  Jami Kuchar School Nurse, Sophomore Class Sponsor
Contact Brooke Price  Brooke Price Clerk of the Board, Accounts Clerk
Contact LeRoy Ratzlaff  LeRoy Ratzlaff Bus Driver
Contact Lacy Simmons  Lacy Simmons Custodian
Contact Jenny Weekley  Jenny Weekley Custodian

Office of the Superintendent

Student Enrollment in USD 509

Active Students Per Grade
as of December 16, 2019
  Total Male Female
3-Yr-Old Preschooler 9  4   5
4-Yr-Old Preschooler 17    9  8
Sub-Total Preschoolers 26  13  13
Kindergarten  5  3
1st Grade 10  3  7
2nd Grade 11  4  7
3rd Grade 16  8  8
4th Grade 17  11  6
5th Grade 18  6  12
Sub-Total (K-5) 80  37  43
6th Grade 13  4  9
7th Grade 16  8  8
8th Grade 9  3  6
9th Grade 12  6  6
10th Grade 19  14  5
11th Grade 19  9  10
12th Grade 10  4  6
Sub-Total (JH/HS) 98  48  50
Total Students K-12 178  85 93
Total Students with PreSchool 204    
Email the Superintendent
Contact Dorsey Burgess  Dorsey Burgess Superintendent
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. 


Favorite Quote:

ATTITUDE by Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”