College of Education, Technology presents 2nd annual symposium on future of schools, communities on Plains

A symposium on building and strengthening schools and communities on the Great Plains begins April 20 in Colby at the City Limits Conference Center.

This will be the second annual Rural Symposium for Community and School Leaders. Like the first, the two-day conference is sponsored by the Center for Rural Leadership in Fort Hays State University's College of Education and Technology.

"The focus of the symposium is to build and strengthen rural school and community alliances," said Dr. Regi Wieland, symposium coordinator.

Community, business and school leaders are invited to register and attend Thursday evening's opening reception and banquet and Friday's breakout sessions.

"The reception will be an excellent networking opportunity for sponsors, participants, presenters and legislators," said Wieland.

The banquet honoring rural superintendents will feature a keynote address focusing on the importance of the traditionally strong connection between rural communities and their schools. During Friday's breakout sessions, presenters from Kansas and throughout the nation will bring rich experiences and ideas on what works and what is possible to build community and school alliances.

For a complete description of the symposium presentations as well as a detailed agenda and registration form, please go online to

Participants may also register by calling Amie Wright at (785) 628-5866.

More information is also available by calling Wieland, (785) 628-5849, or by e-mail at

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