Basehor School Board to review new district football assignments
Basehor-Linwood School Board members received a copy of a proposal to modify the Kansas State High School Activities Association's football district assignment system, from the KSHSAA at their meeting Monday night.
The KSHSAA is asking all school districts in the state to review a proposal that would change the current system of four-team districts to a system with eight teams in each district.
Joe Keeler, Basehor-Linwood High School athletic director, said the current system has been in place for close to 20 years. He added the proposal is very popular in the western part of the state because it would eliminate many of the scheduling difficulties those schools encounter. He also stated other schools are against it because it would probably mean then end of league championships and possibly the end of rivalries between schools.
In USD 458's situation, Keeler said, Basehor-Linwood would be better off than most schools, especially in the area of travel. A hypothetical district assignment BLHS was given by the KSHSAA included four other Kaw Valley League teams, including DeSoto, Mill Valley, Piper and Tonganoxie. It also included Baldwin, Bishop Ward and Eudora.
That would mean trips to Carbondale for games against Santa Fe Trail and to Perry-Lecompton could be eliminated, unless BLHS scheduled them as one of their two non-district games.
"I don't know if there is a perfect solution for this," Keeler told the board.
The KSHSAA has asked school districts to respond with an opinion no later than Dec. 1. The Basehor-Linwood board must decide by that time if it is for the new proposal. That decision will come at the board's next meeting on Nov. 20.
The board also heard an update on the auxiliary staffing committee from Don Swartz, district director of operations.
Swartz told board members the committee had reached a consensus and recommended a list of items it felt the board should take action on as soon as possible.
Those items included, in order of importance: additional secretarial help at Basehor-Linwood Middle School; a nurse in every building; an elementary counselor in every building; additional full-time office help at Basehor Elementary School; and increased pay for custodial and food service employees.
Board members also heard a report from acting Superintendent Cal Cormack who talked about some changes that have been made in the elementary Spanish program.
Cormack reported that technical and other various problems forced students who had been receiving instruction through the interactive distance learning system to now have instructors come to the classroom for direct instruction.
Also during his report, Cormack acknowledged Basehor-Linwood High School seniors honored by the University of Kansas as Kansas Honor Students at KU's Lied Center, Sept. 26.
They are: Laurel Burchfield, Jenny Cochran, Lisa Hallier, Andrew Hannon, Kelly Laffere, Alisha Lidtke, Kelly Peterson, James Pinick, April Staatz, Tanner Stransky, Laura Wells and Jeremy Wohletz.
In other action, the board:
approved contracts for Shane A. Vannattan, custodian at the schools in Linwood and Cindy Ray and Donna Voteau-Messier, assistant girl's basketball coaches at BLMS.
approved the resignation of Marina Cooley as yearbook advisor at BLMS.
approved Kerry Mueller as USD 458's delegate and Randy Cunningham as alternate delegate to the Kansas Association of School Boards annual convention in Wichita, Dec. 1-3.
approved various bids totaling $34,849.30 for furniture for the district.
approved a project for a sign at Glenwood Ridge Elementary by Ryan Robinson, a freshman at BLHS, pending approval by Don Swartz and other district personnel. Robinson is doing the project to earn his Eagle Scout badge.
heard an update on the Virtual Charter School by VCS assistant director Nicole Williams.
received a year-end report from Jackie Hemphill on the "Parents As Teachers" program.