School Liaison Office (SLO)

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Welcome to McConnell AFB!

Welcome to Wichita, home of McConnell Air Force Base and the 22d Air Refueling Wing! Wichita is a great area for families and you have a lot of choices when it comes to the education of your children. There are numerous school systems serving Team McConnell families. Families residing on base are zoned for the Derby School District (Wineteer Elementary, Derby North Middle School and Derby High School).

Map of Wichita SchoolsFamilies residing off-base have the opportunity to send their children to school in Wichita and the surrounding cities and counties. Private school options are numerous in this area including parochial and secular schools.

There are several active homeschool groups in the area, including a sports league. Virtual school is also taking off in Kansas. Many of the local districts offer students the opportunity to take classes from home.

While we cannot provide you with an endorsement for the “best school” or “best district” in the area, we will work with you to find the district and school that best meet the needs of your family.

McConnell AFB School Liaison Officer (SLO)

McConnell’s SLO, Paula Hinkle, is your resource for military-connected children associated with McConnell. Almost all bases have both military and civilian School Liaisons. The civilian SLO is your resource for the day-to-day needs and concerns of school-age military children.

The SLO builds and maintains relationships with local schools serving military children. SLOs educate teachers and administrators on the unique needs of military children and military culture. They also resolve issues that affect military children in and out of the classroom. The SLO has an office in the Child Development Center (CDC), and can be reached Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Civilian School Liaison Officer

Located in the Child Development Center

53147 Kansas St, McConnell AFB, KS 67221

Office Phone: (316) 759-3326

Cell Phone: (316) 652-5069

Email: or

For further information on how to make your child’s school transition more successful, please consider downloading and reviewing the following resources:

  • McConnell AFB Military Child Education Guide (PDF)
  • MCEC Quick Checklist for School Moves (PDF)
  • A Military Parent’s Guide to School Policies and Transitions (PDF)
  • MIC3: What Parents Should Know (PDF)
  • Building a Military Student Portfolio (PDF)