Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2001

School Board inspects schools

October 31, 2001

The Basehor-Linwood School Board completed a tour of district schools on Monday, Oct. 29.

School Board members had already toured the Basehor-Linwood high school, middle school and Linwood Elementary School. On Monday night, the board members were updated on the facilities at Basehor Elementary School and Glenwood Ridge Elementary School.

Both of the schools toured Monday are areas of concern for the school district. The elementary schools have been targeted by school district officials as areas of significant residential and student growth within the next three to five years.

"Most of the development seems to be concentrated in those two areas," Basehor-Linwood School District Superintendent Cal Cormack said. "In three to five years we are expecting those areas to see significant growth in those areas."

In recent months, the school district has been working in conjunction with the city of Basehor and Leavenworth County officials to monitor residential growth.

"If you have more students that you can house, you have to have some more classrooms," Cormack said. "But we are not at that point yet."

There has been no timetable set on if and when the school district would need future building construction or a bond issue.

By contrast, the schools that are drawing the least concern for the district are Basehor-Linwood High School and Linwood Elementary School.

The high school is currently at half capacity. Linwood Elementary School is not facing a huge increase in students because development in that portion of the county is slower, school district officials said.

The grade configuration of several schools would also factor into any construction or bond issue the district could face in the next several years.

School district officials are currently weighing the possibility of realigning Basehor-Linwood Middle School and Basehor Elementary School.

One possibility being explored is having sixth-graders become part of the middle school.

Again, as of now there are no set plans for the realignment to occur although Cormack said it remains a future consideration.

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