Archive for Wednesday, April 17, 2002

School Board contemplates changing

April 17, 2002

What's in a name?

Supposedly, it means a lot to the Basehor-Linwood School Board when renaming the Community Education program.

Allison Clements, the new community education coordinator, had met with the community education advisory board several times about changing the name at the request of the School Board.

A group of patrons had operated the program for the past 20 years. However, the program became one of contention and it was turned over to the school district.

To make a clean break from the past, school board members asked Clements and the new advisory council to come with a new name for the Community Education program.

Clements told the school board that the council wanted to rename it Basehor-Linwood Community Education.

That didn't sit well with some of the board members.

First, there were accusations that Clements and the advisory council didn't follow the board's directions.

Member Ronald Owen, Randy Cunningham and Danny Dearinger thought they told Clements to come up with a new name that didn't have "Community Education" in it.

The minutes showed otherwise. The board had only asked them to come up with a new name, not to exclude the name "Community Education."

But it didn't change anything for those members who wanted a different name.

The board voted 4-3 against adopting the new name, and those voting against it, Dearinger, Cunningham, Owen and Patrick Jeannin, want the name not to have "Community Education" in it.

Some of the board members will meet with the advisory council to work out a new name.

The board did approve changes to the Basehor-Linwood Middle School student handbook.

A major change is the policy on plagiarism. In light of the recent controversy at Piper High School, the middle school has adopted a policy that gives clearer definition to its plagiarism policy.

The changes will make it where a student would not fail an entire project for plagiarism. A student's grade would be deducted for the portion that was plagiarized. Also, no project would count for a large portion of any overall subject grade, which would cause a student to pass or fail a class based on that particular project.

The board also approved changes to the high school's handbook. Changes made to the handbook were only clarifications and strengthening of policies already in place to have them coincide with the school's new block scheduling, Principal Bill Hatfield said.

For example: a project would not count 50 percent of a student's overall grade in a particular subject.

In other action, the board:

approved the adoption of the new district math curriculum and textbooks.

approved one-year extensions on the contracts of the superintendent, director of operations, and the technical director. This did not involve salary increases.

Accepted the resignations of Amy Cooper, Secretary at LES; Tina Reynolds , part-time counselor at BLHS; Kelly Brungardt, cross country coach at BLHS; Larry Booth, assistant football coach at BLMS; and Linda Ellison, math instructor at BLHS.

approved the contracts of Juli Brown, drill team instructor; Tim L. Nedeau, cross country coach at BLHS; Vicki M. Darr, science instructor at BLHS; Brian D. Pekarek, counselor at BLHS; and Amy L. Garver, third grade teacher at BES.

approved the destruction of old school records, as according to state law, which is all records five years and older can be destroyed.

reauthorized the renewal of six units in the Parents-as-Teachers program at a cost of $15,600.

approved the purchase of a new color printer for the school district at a cost of $15,975.

approved the district's three-year technology plan.

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