Archive for Thursday, April 1, 2004

Faculty named for 6th grade center

April 1, 2004

The faculty at an all-sixth-grade center beginning next year will include five teachers already employed in the Basehor-Linwood School District, school officials announced Monday night.

During a meeting of the district advisory council, school officials announced that Megan Folk, Lauren Avis, Janie Parsons, Lynn Sweeney and Phyllis Murphy will serve as sixth-grade center teachers. Folk and Avis teach at Basehor Elementary, Parsons at Glenwood Ridge and Sweeney and Murphy are instructors at Linwood.

Currently, 118 students are in the fifth-grade in Basehor-Linwood. The school district estimates the enrollment of the sixth-grade center to be 122 for the 2004-05 school year.

With 122 students and five classrooms, there would be an average of 24 students per room.

The Basehor-Linwood School Board approved moving forward with an all-sixth grade center earlier this year to alleviate overcrowding and space crunches at the district's three elementary schools.

Progress on the all sixth-grade center continues for school district officials.

While no renovations to the building are necessary, school officials continue to finalize details concerning physical education, music, band and strings and special education staffing for the sixth-grade center.

Although some details are still being ironed out, others have been completed.

The school district has decided that sixth-grade students will begin their day at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. To coordinate bus schedules, the high school schedule will change slightly as well; classes at the high school will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:50 a.m.

The sixth-grade center will fall under the umbrella of Basehor Elementary School and will be overseen by BES principal Terri Holmes.

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