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)
Tampa is home to 108 (2013) residents. Tampa offers a small community atmosphere and enjoys access to several communities and surrounding towns including Salina, McPherson and Marion.
Tampa is located east of highway KS-15. Salina is under an hour away and McPherson is under 50 minutes from Tampa. Marion is under 35 minutes from Tampa.
Tampa Local Attractions/Activities
Tampa is home to the St. John Lutheran Church. Surrounding towns like Marion, Salina and McPherson offer a variety of local attractions.
Ten minutes west of town is Marion Reservoir, a federal facility that serves as the water supply for the city. With over 6,200 acres of fishing, hunting, boating, camping and recreational opportunities, it’s one of the larger bodies of water in the area. Whether you are an avid sportsman, bird watcher or nature and wildlife lover, you will enjoy the peaceful scenery and gorgeous sunsets.
Marion Historic Downtown
Rich with heritage, Marion’s historic stone buildings and churches, our beautiful native limestone courthouse, and historic Santa Fe Depot (now our City Library) give you a glimpse of the past. Historic home tours are available. Experience Marion’s quality of life and safe environment, as you explore and shop in this quaint community.
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 our zoo. Great care has been taken to provide our animals spacious and naturalistic environments throughout 60 acres of beautifully landscaped park.
(Source- Rolling Hills Zoo-www.rollinghillswildlife.com)
For real surf and real fun, spend the day at Kenwood Cove - Salina's premier aquatic park, featuring thrill rides, 1,400 feet of slides, a children's play area and fun attractions for the whole family. Plunge 35 feet from one of the park's four adventure slides. Drop 12 feet then swirl around the tornado slide before falling into a pool below. Hop on an inner tube and glide 275 feet down the river slide into the Lil' Smoky Lazy River. Or, catch a wave in the wave pool, plus, so much more!
(Source- Kenwood Cove-www.kenwoodcove.com)
McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation offers many services to the public. The Museum houses a variety of artifacts: historical artifacts from the McPherson area; natural history artifacts such as meteorites, Ice Age fossils, and regional fossils; ethnic artifacts from China, Africa and Native Americans; and fine art, including an extensive collection of Birger Sandzen lithographs and original art pieces. In addition, there is information about the city and county namesake, General McPherson; about the first man-made diamond large enough to be visible, created in McPherson; items from the McPherson Globe Refiners basketball team, the first team ever to win an Olympic gold medal.