Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2004

Board to discuss facilities, trends in workshop session

January 15, 2004

The Basehor-Linwood School Board will begin in-depth discussions regarding facilities and enrollment trends during a workshop next month.

At the school board meeting Monday, Jan. 12, Jill Hackett, school district superintendent, touched on the need to begin developing plans to accommodate an increasing enrollment.

"I think it's time for us to talk about some things and explore where we're at," Hackett told board members.

The board will begin those discussions at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 .

Don Swartz, school district director of building operations, presented enrollment information to the board Monday night.

While not facing any dire circumstances concerning overcrowding, the school district does have come areas of concern, Swartz said. Such as:

  • Five of the 24 science classes at Basehor-Linwood High School have more students than seats. Twenty-four seats and lab stations are available in each class.
  • Overcrowding in English classes. Ideally, the school district would like to limit the number of students per English class to 24 students or less. Currently, 10 of the 22 high school English classes have more than 24 students as do all but one middle school English classes.

Generally, the district tries to adhere to the following student-to-teacher ratios for classes other than performance classes such as math or science labs:

  • 24:1 for grade 3 and below.
  • 28:1 for grades 4-6.
  • 30:1 for all other grades.

The school district is under the targeted student-to-teacher ratios in most classes. There are exceptions, however, such as the second-grade classes at Glenwood Ridge Elementary and 10 classes at the high school.

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