Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2001

School Board approves block scheduling

April 19, 2001

The Basehor-Linwood School Board approved a request allowing the high school to begin block scheduling next year.

Currently, students at Basehor-Linwood High School have seven classes a day that are 55 minutes long. In the proposed schedule, students would have only four classes a day that last 90 minutes each and would alternate classes each day.

The new schedule would allow students to have a different class each day and cut down on passing periods in between classes, Basehor-Linwood High School Principal Bill Hatfield said.

In addition to fewer classes, students also would have a seminar class in which they would be provided time for individual study, tutoring and class make-up work.

"Our staff is behind the change," Hatfield said. "With them behind it, I believe it's will be successful."

High school faculty and administrators had studied the idea for some time and had even visited DeSoto High School, which currently runs on block scheduling.

Hatfield said students have been receptive to the idea. However, he said teachers would have undergo training to re-adjust teaching methods for longer class times. "

In other action, the School Board:

discussed the possibility of having all-day kindergarten classes at Basehor and Linwood Elementary Schools. The concept was approved by the board, but currently the state of Kansas doesn't recognize all-day kindergarten, and, therefore, won't provide the funding the district needs to hire another teacher, Acting Superintendent Cal Cormack said.

approved a measure allowing the School District to begin writing up an agreement between it and the YMCA. The YMCA plans to conduct after school programs in the School District. If the School District receives a grant, the programs will cut down on costs for parents.

approved an easement to allow the county to widen County Road 2 in front of the High School.

approved the contracts for Carolyn Conklin, counselor at BLHS; Suzette Downing, first-grade teacher at BES, and Sarah Camp, roving custodian.

accepted the resignations of Jennifer Lindelof, second-grade teacher at BES; Melissa Lytle, first-grade teacher at BES; Bradley Dameron, math teacher at BLHS; Linda McCrary, Spanish teacher at BLMS; Shelly Shoepflin, library aide at GRES; Jim Sharp, band instructor, district; Judy Smith, reading specialist at BES.

Board member Pete Bever said those resigning were leaving for personal reasons and not because of being dissatisfied with the School District or a particular school.

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