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The West Elk Wellness Committee is composed of school employees and agency representatives that are interested in promoting personal wellness through good nutrition and physical activity for children, staff and parents.  The Committee meets monthly during the school year and the current members are:


NAME                           AGENCY/TITLE

Bert Moore                      Co-Chairman, Superintendent USD #282

Jill Morgan                      Co-Chairman, FCS Agent, Rolling Prairie Ext. Dist.

Martin Burke                   Principal, West Elk Schools

Debra Stange                    Food Service Secretary, USD #282

Barbara Montgomery        Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, USD #282

Chris Haag                        Elementary P.E. Teacher, USD #282

Debbie Simmons             JH/HS P.E. Teacher, USD #282

Barbara McLean              Kitchen Manager, USD #282

Stefanie Beeman              SEKCAP Family Educator




The West Elk Wellness Committee works closely with the Kansas State Department of Education, the United States Department of Agriculture, the West Elk School Board, Kansas State University Extension Office, and other health and wellness agencies to ensure that:

  • Nutrition guidelines are followed as recommended by the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Program for all foods served during scheduled school days;
  • Student, staff, and parent health and wellness are addressed;
  • Childhood obesity is reduced to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other related health risks for significantly over weight children;
  • Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs are not made available to children in grades PreK-12;
  • Physical activity is encouraged through scheduled health and physical education classes as well as at home and made available within the local communities; and
  • The school environment promotes student wellness as part of the total learning experience for all students.


For more information on the West Elk Wellness Committee please contact Debra Stange, the secretary of the committee at 620-374-2113.


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