Smoky Hill Education Service Center now has a regional center at Fort Hays State University after merging July 1 with the Fort Hays Educational Development Center.
With the addition of the FHEDC, Smoky Hill now covers 30 counties and provides services to 64 member school districts and numerous schools in the Catholic Diocese of Salina.
"The service center appreciates the university's willingness to support area schools in this continuing partnership," said Dr. Rita Cook, executive director of Smoky Hill. "FHSU has a long history of supporting school districts and this is just another example of that."
Smoky Hill and FHSU are already partners in distance learning via Internet Protocol Television systems. This partnership makes it possible for Salina area students and teachers to take classes from FHSU through a live IPTV feed.
"Although the service center plans many changes, its relationship with the university will remain the same," said Cook. The service center will continue working with the university to provide graduate credit for staff development activities and to foster on-going relationships with university staff.