The Centre School District was established in 1958 and is a rural community consisting of 400 square miles along the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas. It is comprised of the six communities of Lincolnville, Lost Springs, Ramona, Tampa and Pilsen located in Marion county and Burdick in Morris county. The district's location is ideally located, about an hour drive from the center of several larger cities including Salina, Manhattan, Emporia and Wichita. The K-12 building is located on a 25-acre tract off Hwy 77, two miles north of Lincolnville. Centre has been on the cutting edge of creating an engaging learning environment for students. People have come from across the state to visit the little school in the middle of the wheat field to see what "could be" for students and to get ideas for student engagement, which includes:
- Small class sizes, teachers that care and help prepare students for life after graduation
- Technology driven, 1:1 Apple iPad initiative
- Strong emphasis in Project-Based Learning, which includes a student run coffee shop "The Centre Perk", iHigh livestream
- Character education
- Vibrant Leadership Team and Teachers
Centre also houses the Kansas Online Learning Program which is a virtual learning environment that allows non-traditional students a way to earn their high school diploma or work on furthering their education in an at-home setting.
(Source- USD 397-www.usd397.com)
Lincolnville is home to 195 (2013) residents. Lincolnville has a small town feel with access to larger cities including McPherson, El Dorado and Emporia.
Highway US-56 runs through the east side of town. McPherson, El Dorado and Emporia are all under an hour from Lincolnville.
Lincolnville Local Attractions/Activities
Lincolnville is home to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Surrounding towns like McPherson and El Dorado offer a variety of attractions.
McPherson Water Park
You can select from an assortment of activities; cruise the 500 foot lazy river, a giant water slide, deep diving area, 8 lane 50 meter pool and a children’s spray recreation area. The McPherson Water Park offers fun for all ages!
(Source- McPherson Water Park-www.mcphersonwaterpark.com)
Rolling Hills Zoo
Here you can get face-to-face with a rare white camel, an Indian rhino, a curious orangutan, an ornery aardvark or many of the other animals of the 100+ species of wildlife at home in the zoo. Great care has been taken to provide thee animals spacious and naturalistic environments throughout 60 acres of beautifully landscaped park.
(Source- Rolling Hills Zoo-www.rollinghillswildlife.com)