School board ponders block class scheduling
The Basehor-Linwood School Board listened to presentations Monday concerning the possibility of changing class schedules for the next school 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, said Basehor-Linwood science teacher Bruce Courtney.
Courtney presented the board with the idea of a seminar class and said he had a chance to visit other schools that provided the seminar.
"I had an opportunity to visit DeSoto High School and one of the things that I came away with from there was a sense of accomplishment and a whole different feeling when you are in that school," Courtney said. "Everyone seemed to be on task, everyone had a purpose, the whole atmosphere was completely different and was a noticeable difference than what I was used to being in this school."
"I believe honestly and truly that it had to do with seminar pretty much," Courtney added. "Everything is geared toward that advancement of success that those students have."
The seminar is basically a supervised extended study time with a home-room type atmosphere that would allow students the chance to build a teacher-student relationship that would help them academically, Courtney said.
"During that period, they would come into the classroom and it would be conducted as a regular class period, with the same rules, same type of academic atmosphere and they would use that time to get their work done," he said.
The School Board did not take any action on the proposed schedule, but could decide to put it on the agenda for next month's meeting.
In other action, the School Board:
approved the renewal of contract for Director of Operations Don Swartz for another year.
approved contracts for two more assistant track-and-field coaches for Basehor-Linwood Middle School by a 5-0 vote.
approved the resignations of Laura Sadler, instructor at the virtual charter school, Bob Ray, explorations in technology teacher at BLHS and assistant football coach at BLMS and Sherry Vannattan , custodian at BLHS by a 5-0 vote.
approved the retirement request of Bob Handley, counselor at BLHS, effective at the end of the 2000-01 school year, by a 5-0 vote.
approved the renewal of the Parents as Teachers Program for one year in the amount of $15,950 by a 5-0 vote.
approved the textbook adoptions and social studies curriculum as presented by John Thornton by a 5-0 vote.
approved the 2001-02 school calendar as presented by Mike Boyd by a 5-0 vote.
approved the Before and After School Daycare Program administered by the YMCA of Olathe by a 5-0 vote.
approved renewal of building administrator contracts for one year by a 5-0 vote.
awarded the bid for sealing parking lots at Basehor-Elementary School, Linwood Elementary, Basehor-Linwood High School, and the Central Office to Cap Seal Industries not to exceed $31, 041 by a 5-0 vote.
The next School Board meeting will be Monday, April 16, at the Board of Education office.