Skip to main content

School Hours


8:00 am-3:40 pm M, T, Th, F

8:30 am-3:40 pm W

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 Joy Baumgartner  Joy Baumgartner Custodian
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, 8th Grade Sponsor,
Contact Brooke Price  Brooke Price Clerk of the Board, Accounts Clerk
Contact LeRoy Ratzlaff  LeRoy Ratzlaff Bus Driver
Contact Jenny Weekley  Jenny Weekley Custodian

Office of the Superintendent

New Teachers in the District

Ms. Ciara WileyCiara Wiley will be the third grade teacher in 2020-21. She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Unified. A South Haven graduate, she is excited to be home and to be able to have the opportunity to give back to her community. She enjoys playing/coaching softball, collecting snow globes from places she has traveled, and playing board games. She already has so much planned for this year, and cannot wait to get started!

Rob AdcockRob Adcock will be teaching Social Science at the Junior High and High School. A graduate of Emporia State University, he taught at Inman before becoming a Tax Agent for the Kansas Department of Revenue. In 2018 he returned to the classroom at Attica as 7-12 Social Studies teacher, following his heart. He will be joining his wife Kendra in teaching at South Haven. He is looking forward to the new school year and making a positive impact with students and the school community.

Dee Dee StewartDeeDee Stewart is a North Carolina native who has planned on teaching ever since graduating from high school. She is a Nationally Board Certified teacher in mathematics, and is a graduate of University of North Carolina Asheville and Wichita State. DeeDee taught at Caldwell from 2012-2017 before returning to North Carolina to care for her aging parents. Now, she and her youngest son Simon are back living in Caldwell and she will be the 9-12 mathematics teacher for South Haven. She is looking forward to working in a small school with a family atmosphere.

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”