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 our 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
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)
Lost Springs Lifestyle
Lost Springs is home to 68 (2013) residents. Lost Springs residents enjoy a small community atmosphere and access to surrounding towns like El Dorado, McPherson and Newton.
Lost Springs Transportation
Lost Springs is located west of highway US-56. El Dorado, McPherson, and Newton are all under an hour from Lost Springs.
Lost Springs Local Attractions/Activities
Surrounding towns like El Dorado and McPherson have 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)
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge
Known as Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, this unique area located six miles north of Canton possesses one of the finest herds of buffalo in the United States, along with elk and other wild game, birds and wildflowers.
The Maxwell Game Preserve which opened to the public in 1951 was established because of a provision in the will of the late Henry Irving Maxwell dictating that the bulk of his estate be used for the benefit of the public. He instructed the handler of his property to buy not less than three nor more than six sections of land, suitably improve it and stock it with buffalo, antelope and deer, prairie chicken and quail. Mr. Maxwell's will also stipulated that the proposed game preserve be under the control of the government; therefore, it is under the jurisdiction of the Fish and Game Commission of the State of Kansas.