Archive for Wednesday, August 8, 2001

School Board hearing rescheduled

August 8, 2001

Due to an error in the budgeting process, a public hearing regarding the budget for the 2001 to 2002 school year has been moved until Aug. 20 by the Basehor-Linwood School Board.

The public hearing on the budget was scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6, until the Kansas Department of Education noticed an error while conducting a review of the proposed budget.

In budgeting out funds for the bond and interest payments, a district auditor incorrectly entered $250 instead of the actual payment, which is $250,000, school officials said.

The School Board always has the option of letting the Department of

Education review the proposed budget for the school year, and chose to do so this year because of a budget error last year.

"Last year, there was a mistake made in the budget without the review and we had to adjust the budget because of that error," Basehor-Linwood Superintendent Cal Cormack said.

School Board President Randy Cunningham said he was concerned about the two budget mistakes made in the last two years.

"I understand there are a lot of entries in the budget but that is their job," Cunningham said.

Basehor-Linwood School District auditor Jay Langley of Clubine and Rettele was not present at the School Board meeting on Monday, but school district officials said he would be attending the meeting on Aug. 20 to answer questions about the proposed budget.

During the meeting, Cormack also informed the board that he would be testifying on Tuesday, Aug. 7, to a Kansas Senate sub-committee concerning charter school law and policy.

"It is significant because it recognizes Basehor-Linwood as having one of the most successful charter schools in the state," Cormack said.

The Basehor-Linwood School District implemented a charter school in 1998 and recently renewed the contract for the school for three more years.

"We were successful and the state reviewed us and we have gotten a lot of good responses from our school," Charter School director Brenda DeGroot said.

In other action, the School Board:

  • approved a new full-time custodial position at Basehor-Linwood High School. There are currently five custodians at the high school. District officials said with the expansion of the high school complete as well as more activities being offered at the school, another custodian was needed to help with the upkeep of the facility.

"The bottom line is that construction is completed and the building hasn't been maintained the way administration wants, so adding another full-time position will help," Cormack said.

  • approved the contracts of Linda Ellison, math teacher at Basehor-Linwood High School, Kathryn Leo-Simpson, fifth grade teacher at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, Ken Couch, boys' and girls' assistant soccer coach and Lisa Stubbs, kitchen staff.
  • approved resignation of Julie Summers, secretary at Basehor.

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