Archive for Friday, September 21, 2001

Glenwood Ridge Elementary to construct wildlife facility

September 21, 2001

The students at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School will get a chance to experience the wildlife while at school thanks to a $2,000 grant approved by the Basehor-Linwood School Board.

The grant, which was unanimously approved by the board members Monday, Sept. 17, will go toward funding the Outdoor Wildlife Site program or as school officials have called it "OWLS."

GRE Principal Tom Saack said the grant money will be used for construction of the outdoor facility and will be similar to one already in place at Basehor Elementary School.

Saack said the outdoor site would include a wetland garden and a butterfly garden.

The idea of the wetland area came to GRE school administrators when an underground spring was discovered during construction of the school.

Also heard before the School Board was an update on the new block scheduling system at Basehor-Linwood High School.

BLHS Principal Bill Hatfield said the transition from the old schedule to the block scheduling has had a few bumps along the way but was pleased with the schedule overall.

"I am more than pleased," Hatfield said. "It exceeded my expectations."

The block scheduling is far different from the scheduling used previously at the high school.

The new scheduling calls for 95-minute class periods as opposed to the 50-minute class periods used before. The new schedule also allows students more time for individual study, class time and lecturing.

The start of the new school year at BLHS also marked the first year a freshmen orientation program would be offered at the school.

Hatfield said he was pleased with the results of the first orientation.

During the Monday night meeting, the winners from the YouthFriends poster contest were announced.

Students from all schools in the district participated in the poster contest, which promotes YouthFriends, a volunteer organization that places mentors or tutors with at-risk students.

The winners announced to the School Board were; BLHS freshmen Erin Massing, Basehor-Linwood Middle School eighth grade student Joel Potter, BES sixth grader Chelsea Carnoali, Linwood Elementary School sixth grader Amanda Kane and GRE fourth grader Tara Chumley.

In other action, the School Board:

Approved an additional reading position at Linwood Elementary School

Approved a contract allowing vending machines in the schools

Approved a $115,000 renovation of the Basehor-Linwood High School track

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