Archive for Thursday, August 14, 2003

Board outlines goals for coming year

August 14, 2003

During a seminar at the University of Kansas last month, the Basehor-Linwood School Board and administrative team developed four specific goals for the 2004 school year.

On Monday, Aug. 11, school officials reviewed those goals during a long-range planning meeting.

According to school officials, the goals are, in no specific order:

  • Enhancing communication to the "internal and external public," said Jill Hackett, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent. This will include reinstating a school district newsletter, the superintendent said.
  • Continuing to define the team concept.

"We need to know specific roles and responsibilities," Hackett said.

  • Focusing on the strength of curriculum and instruction. This review will begin with the math department and branch out to other areas, Hackett said.
  • Developing short- and long- term plans for growth.

"I want them to be specific as far as who, what, when and where," Hackett said.

School principals and administrators have been asked to begin developing strategies to reach these district goals at the building level, Hackett said. These strategies will be reviewed during an administrative team meeting Sept. 4.

In other news, the school board:

  • Reviewed and revised a list of 100 prospective members of a proposed Basehor-Linwood School District advisory council.

Local business owners, residents and government officials have been asked to participate as members of the council. The district advisory council will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Basehor-Linwood High School.

  • School officials are still in the process of reviewing candidates to fill a school board vacancy. The school board will set timelines for filling the vacancy during its meeting Monday, Aug. 11.

Last month, board member Ron Owen, who held position No. 4, resigned for personal reasons.

School officials said at least two people are in consideration to fill the vacancy.

School district officials said replacement candidates should possess the following attributes:

  • A broad background of experience and knowledge.
  • The ability to understand the forces of societal change and plan for the future.
  • Tolerance and without prejudice.
  • An understanding that education is complex, and simplistic approaches will not meet challenges.
  • A sincere desire to serve the community.
  • Responsive to needs of individuals and groups.
  • Able to listen for real consensus.
  • A sense of responsibility to all children in the state and not solely those in the local district.
  • The capability to learn and grow.

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