Butler County Times Gazette
  • Small Kansas school saved by agriculture charter

  • An east-central Kansas elementary school that nearly closed six years ago is bursting with students and has a long waiting list, and it's attracting visitors from as far away as New Zealand.
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  • an east-central kansas elementary school that nearly closed six years ago is bursting with students and has a long waiting list, and it's attracting visitors from as far away as new zealand.
    the recovery started in 2007, when the newton school district changed the k-4 school in walton to a charter with an agricultural theme. agriculture is used to teach all classes, and each class pairs with a local farm family.
    by 2005, only about 75 students attended walton elementary. now, the 167 students attend the walton rural life center learn by doing all the chores associated with a farm. the waiting list goes to 2018.
    the kansas city star reports (http://bit.ly/14vmwog ) since the charter opened, state assessment rates hover around 97 percent for reading and 100 percent for math.

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