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Running Head: COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Community Analysis of Junction City High School Staci Novak Emporia State University
Running Head: COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Community Analysis of Junction City High School Teaching and residing in the Junction City area the past six years has given me amazinginsight to perhaps one of the most unique communities in the state of Kansas. I have taught atJunction City High School in the Freshman Success Academy (FSA) for six years. Though theFSA is now in a separate building, when I refer to Junction City High School (JCHS) I refer toboth the FSA campus and Career Academy Campus (CAC). School Population Demographics The school population demographics of JCHS are similar to that of an inner city school.Our ethnic makeup is 49% White and 51% other which includes Black (20%), Hispanic (18%),American Indian/Alaskan Native (1.5%), Asian or Pacific Islander (2.1%), and Multi-Ethnic(9%). Many of the students that attend our school are classified as having a low socio-economicstatus with 61% of them receives free and reduced lunch. The ages of the over 1700 students thatattend JCHS range from 13-20. If a student is labeled as receiving special education services, heor she can attend school past the age of 18. We also have a number of students who areclassified as English Language Learners (ELL). School Staff There are approximately 120 teachers at JCHS whose teaching degrees range frombachelor degrees to doctorate degrees. We also employ first year teachers as well as severalteachers who have nearly 30 years of teaching under their belt. Our staff is fairly transient asthere is usually a turnover between 10-15 teachers each year. Since we serve both a militarycommunity as well as being close to Kansas State University, many of our staff leave due tomilitary orders or transitions from K-State.
Running Head: COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL 3 School Administration JCHS is also a unique school because of the number of administration within thebuilding. As a career academy high school, we have a building principal and then one principalfor each of the four academies. Our building principal has been teaching since 1971 and aprincipal since 1993. Our Business Information Technology (BIT) principal has 7 years teachingexperience and is in her first year as principal. The Fine Arts and Human Services (FAHS)principal had fifteen years teaching experience before becoming an administrator two years ago.The FSA principal taught for ten years before becoming and administrator in 2002. The ScienceEngineering and Technology (SET) principal has been an administrator for four years with sixyears teaching experience beforehand. School Board Our district Board of Education consists of seven voting members who are elected by anon-partisan ballot. There is also one representative who is appointed and advises, but does nothold voting rights. This person represents the military base of Fort Riley which is served by ourhigh school. Most of the members are established. Our school board president, however, hasonly been a member for two years. Seldom is their dissention among board members at Board ofEducation meetings. My City: Junction City, Kansas Junction City, Kansas is a fairly stable town. I would not describe it as thriving;however, there have been several new businesses (Cox Bros BBQ, Freddy’s, several hotels) thathave been built in the past year. I would not describe it as economically depressed either, butperhaps the best word would be stable. What keeps Junction stable and stand apart from othercities in Kansas is the military base. Many of the approximately 40,000 soldiers stationed at Fort
Running Head: COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL 4Riley reside in Junction City. JCHS is also the only secondary school that serves the post. Thetown is also located off of I-70 making it a stopping point for travelers looking for food andlodging. Junction City, Kansas Population The population of Junction City, Kansas can vary greatly from year to year. Overall it isgrowing with the 2000 census showing a population of 18,886 and the 2009 population estimateis 20,932 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). The military base can have a huge impact on thepopulation of our town. When the number of soldiers increases at Fort Riley, the population ofJunction City will also see an increase. Similarly, when the number at Fort Riley decreases, thecity sees the same decrease. The number of residents within a specific age range is fairly similaracross the board. The largest number of residents falls into the 25-44 age ranges, which again, inmy opinion, could be attributed to the military installment. Recreational Programs Junction City does have several recreational programs for youth and according toJunction City, Kansas Official Website, “From softball to line dancing, the Junction CityRecreation Department has programs for all ages and all interests” (n.d.). Current programsinclude a walking club, basketball teams, baseball and softball teams, and even a bike tour. Area Churches Despite being a small town, Junction City has a variety of religious denominations andplaces of worship. Services at many churches are held in English, Spanish, and Korean.Denominations represented in our city include Apostolic, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Christian,Catholic, Church of Christ, Church of God, Church of Latter-Day Saints, Episcopal, Lutheran,Methodist, Nazarene, Non-Denominational, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist,
Running Head: COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL 5and United Church of Christ (Jones, Bauer, Robinson, Edie, & Jorgensen, 2010). Unless theyare a member of the school board, the area church personnel do not have any influence ondecision making that affects JCHS. Government My community is located near both a university and a military base. Junction City,Kansas is only twenty miles from Kansas State University and is the town that services themilitary post of Fort Riley, Kansas. Both the university and base have a large impact on thecommunity in terms of business, population, etc. Analysis Based on the details of this community, the school library would need to function (anddoes) as a learning center that provides a lot more than just books. Our school library has asection of materials in Spanish for our ELL population and also provides computer accessbefore, during, and after school. There is also an afterschool program for our students who needto work on assignments or access computers. Our collection must also take the diversity of ourpopulation into consideration and provide materials that appeal to all ethnic backgrounds.Another huge factor is that 61% of our school population has ties to the military and Fort Riley.This means that many of these students are transient and have probably moved several times. Itwould be helpful to have materials for students who need support in terms of moving, being anew student, and the deployment of a parent.
Running Head: COMMUNITY ANALYSIS OF JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL 6 ReferencesJones, R., Bauer, J., Robinson, L., Edie, A., & Jorgensen, C. (2010). The community information directory: A directory of resources and services in the Junction City area [PDF]. Junction City.Junction City, Kansas Official Website. (n.d.). Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://www.junctioncity-ks.gov/U.S. Census Bureau. American fact finder. (2009). Retrieved May 29, 2011, from http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/SAFFPopulation? _event=Search&_name=junction+city&_state=04000US20&_county=junction+city&_cit yTown=junction+city&_zip=&_sse=on&_lang=en&pctxt=fph