Archive for Thursday, January 8, 2004

School officials weigh ‘elusive’ student statistics

January 8, 2004

Since October, administrators and educators from Basehor-Linwood High School have been studying and reviewing figures relating to student transfers, dropout and graduation rates.

During the Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting Monday, Jan. 12, high school principal Steve Blankenship will present school board members with information concerning those rates.

Jill Hackett, Basehor-Linwood School district superintendent, said the school district has sought ways in past months to shore up reporting procedures for transfers, dropouts and graduation figures.

The graduation rates were a topic of discussion in October during a meeting of the Basehor-Linwood School District Advisory Council, a group of residents who meet with school officials periodically to discuss education issues.

Members of the advisory council asked why graduation numbers aren't higher in the school district.

School officials contend the method of reporting graduation numbers is affected when considering students that drop out or transfer to an alternative education program.

"It's a rather elusive reporting thing," Hackett said. "It's probably a little higher than what it appears to be."

On Monday night, Blankenship will present and discuss with the board the high school's findings on reporting for those figures.

Also listed on the school board's agenda for discussion are:

  • Technology in the work force.
  • Focus on learning at Basehor-Linwood High School.
  • High school course offerings, standards and benchmarks.
  • Building trades.
  • Teacher grants.
  • Character education program.
  • Community meeting to host legislative update.

Items listed on the agenda for school board vote are:

  • New board policy.
  • Math curriculum.
  • Detailed energy audit contract.
  • Membership in the National School Boards Association.
  • Resignations.
  • Letters of employment.

The school board is also slated to meet during executive session. Monday night's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the school district offices, 2008 N. 155th St.

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