Archive for Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Basehor-Linwood prepares for growth

December 12, 2001

The Basehor-Linwood School Board could announce at a meeting in January a tentative plan for construction projects that would help prepare the school district for impending growth.

During the past several months, School Board members have been meeting at work sessions to discuss how potential growth in Basehor and Leavenworth County would effect the school district.

"As a school district, we have been monitoring growth and projecting when we might have to do something," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent.

So far, there have been no formal plans announced by the school district concerning future school facilities and projects.

During the school year, the school district has been working with Basehor city officials and Leavenworth County officials on where the most substantial area of growth would be.

Those projections indicated the areas servicing students at Basehor Elementary School and Glenwood Ridge Elementary would experience the largest spur in student growth, district officials said.

Regardless of those two areas, district officials said they would continue to monitor all areas for growth.

And although a plan has yet to be formed, district officials said they should have some idea of what will happen by the School Board meeting scheduled for Jan. 10.

"I think the board will be in a position as to what the plan will be," Cormack said. "I expect the board will be able to say, 'Hey, guys, this is what we have been looking at.'"

In addition to any announcements made at the meeting, district officials are also scheduled to speak to area residents and community leaders regarding school finance on the state and local levels.

"What we plan to do is inform the community on school finance in the legislature and how it effects the local level," Cormack said.

During the past several years, school financing in the state of Kansas has been a significant problem, Cormack said.

The meeting was scheduled to explain to the community how those problems could effect the school district locally, he added.

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