Archive for Thursday, January 8, 2004

Educators to begin studying facility uses

January 8, 2004

Before reading further, residents should know Basehor-Linwood School District officials said they're not laying the groundwork for another school bond issue.

On Monday, Jan. 12, administrators and members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board will begin discussions concerning the use of facilities and an "intensive study of housing developments" inside the school district.

Well aware that voters rejected two bond issue proposals in 2003, superintendent Jill Hackett said residents shouldn't be concerned that another proposal will come before the ballot box this year.

Next week's discussion is merely a proactive measure by the district to plan for accommodating residential growth occurring within district boundaries, Hackett said.

"It's so we can get a handle on what's coming and plan for the future," the superintendent said. "We're very much aware people in Basehor-Linwood want us to be very efficient in facility space."

Maximizing the potential of facility space was an issue discussed during meetings of the Basehor-Linwood School District Advisory Council, a group of residents who meet with school officials periodically throughout the year to discuss educational issues.

The issue of facilities was a peripheral topic for the advisory council when discussing teacher to student ratios last year.

Generally, an acceptable ratio for student to teacher ratios is:

  • 24 to 1 for grades third and below.
  • 28 to 1 for grades four through six.
  • 30 to 1 for all other grades.

The ratios decrease for classes such as math or science lab, school officials said.

The school district is within the boundaries for targeted student to teacher ratios in most classes. Only the second grades classes at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, where the ratio is 25 to 1, are out of sync with the ideal ratios, school officials said.

The advisory council will meet again from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26 at Basehor Elementary School, where facilities and teacher to student ratios will be discussed further.

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