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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township
Students carrying a banner with the District's mission statement in a parade.


In each issue of The Courier, Superintendent Troy Ferguson writes a column (Superintendent's Bulletin) featuring news from St. Francis Area Schools, Independent School District 15. Copies of these articles are posted here.

Superintendent's Bulletin • July 2018

Troy Ferguson, Superintendent of St. Francis Area Schools

Summer is in full swing, marked by the 4th of July holiday. Congratulations to all our graduates from St. Francis High School, Saints Academy and Saints Online schools. Thanks go to our staff and administrators for making the event so memorable and a special thanks to our Technology Department staff for their outstanding work in live streaming the ceremonies, which are available for viewing at

As we look forward to the 2018-19 school year, the addition of school based mental health services in our schools is an exciting development worth noting. Recent statistics cite that up to one in five kids living in the United States shows signs or symptoms of a mental health issue in a given year (Source: Schools are faced with dealing with students who need mental health services.

As reported in the June issue of The Courier, students and their families will now have the opportunity to have…

Posted by Kathleen Miller in 2017-18 School Year on Friday July 6, 2018 at 09:18AM
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Superintendent's Bulletin • June 2018

Troy Ferguson, Superintendent of St. Francis Area Schools


Congratulations to the Class of 2018. June 1 marks the 104th commencement ceremonies at St. Francis High School. St. Francis Area Schools has a long tradition of preparing students to achieve their dreams and full potential. To the Class of 2018, I would like to share that you will never be more fulfilled than when you use your gift, your knowledge and your talent to help another human being. Let your heart lead the way and you will succeed. The words of Booker T. Washington continue to ring true: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” In that spirit I also extend a sincere thank you to all St. Francis Area Schools staff, which give their time and talent each and every day to help students. Your commitment to our children and our community make St. Francis Area Schools a great place. Congratulations all, on a job well done.

Mental Health Services Coming to St. Francis Area Schools

I am happy to…

Posted by Kathleen Miller in 2017-18 School Year on Monday June 11, 2018 at 04:33PM
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Superintendent's Bulletin • May 2018

Troy Ferguson, Superintendent of St. Francis Area Schools

St. Francis Area Schools is a destination public school district.

Over the years, the work of our dedicated staff has made continuous improvements districtwide that align with the mission. This year alone, we have seen the success of Saints Manufacturing, St. Francis High School robotics, Future Farmers of America and Crossroads School & Vocational Center Victory Garden. We have also seen growth in established programs including elementary technology, special education and Positive Behavioral Intervention Systems in our elementary schools.

Our support of alternative learning programs, vocational technology classes and advanced courses through our pathways programs has supported different futures our students can aspire to. Our extracurricular programs are competitive on a state and national level—putting St. Francis Area Schools on the map. I thank our coaches, teachers, parents and volunteers for their effort and support of …

Posted by in 2017-18 School Year on Wednesday April 25, 2018
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Superintendent's Bulletin • April 2018

Troy Ferguson, St. Francis Area Schools Superintendent

With safety and security in our schools being foremost on all of our minds, I want to share with you an example of what’s working well and how it helped prevent a possible tragic incident.

As you may remember, I closed all St. Francis Area Schools on February 23 due to a verbal threat of violence. This threat was initially reported by a student who told a staff member. The police were informed and contacted me. That started a process to determine whether the threat could be deemed credible or not. After several hours of investigating and consulting with police, administration and others, we determined we could not say with certainty that threat was not credible. All schools and afterschool activities were canceled and an exhaustive investigation by local law enforcement resulted in an arrest. We can’t know for sure what may have happened if this threat wasn’t taken seriously, but we can say for sure that because a student spoke up …

Posted by in 2017-18 School Year on Thursday March 29, 2018 at 10:08AM
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Superintendent's Bulletin • March 2018

Vision for St. Francis Area Schools
By Superintendent Troy Ferguson

The vision for St. Francis Area Schools is to be a destination school district for students who reside within our borders. Our talented staff, educational programs and school facilities will be the showcase of our community. When challenges confront us, as they are right now, it is not unusual to lose sight of where we are going and what we are trying to accomplish. I want to acknowledge the great work that we are currently doing and provide an outline of future plans.

Our mission is to equip all students with the knowledge and skills to empower them to achieve their dreams and full potential while becoming responsible citizens in a dynamic world. How do we accomplish our mission? Outlined below are three major areas of focus for St. Francis Area Schools:

1. Education Components

Our mission to equip all students with knowledge and skills means we must ensure that our curriculum and instruction addresses the needs of all …

Posted by in 2017-18 School Year on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 09:54AM
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