Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2004

6th grade center ready for influx of students

July 15, 2004

The halls of the Basehor-Linwood School District's Sixth Grade Center may be filled with wipe board boxes and cleaning supplies now, but at 8 a.m. Aug. 16, the building will come alive.

At that time, the halls and the five classrooms will again fill with students and teachers. Superintendent Jill Hackett said indications are that staff, parents and students alike are excited about the change this year.

"Developmentally, it is a nice arrangement for sixth graders," she said. "They aren't quite in elementary school and they aren't quite in middle school or high school yet. It is a nice transition."

That transition means that students will get an extra year to get used to the chaos of locker combinations and being in the same building as students throughout the district. Students who had attended Glenwood Ridge, Linwood and Basehor elementary schools will all be funneled together in the new center, a change that will allow for more room in other district schools.

"It has opened up a number of rooms at all three elementary schools," Hackett said. "As enrollment increases, that will give us time. We know we will eventually have to increase facilities, and that gives us time."

Each of the classrooms in the Sixth Grade Center, which had served as the district's Virtual School, will feature dry-erase wipe boards, and the existing window-unit air conditioners will be replaced by a central unit this school year. Four of the classrooms are upstairs and one of the classrooms is on the main floor. The computer lab, lunchroom and band areas will also be on the first level.

Rick Hall, the custodian who will service the center, said he has spent the summer painting, cleaning all parts of the building and changing ceiling tiles.

"I think all of it is going together nicely," he said.

Hall said most of the upstairs will be completely ready within the next two weeks. Within the next month, Don Swartz, executive director of business/facilities, said the entire building will be ready for teachers to move in.

Signage at the building indicates the structure opened in 1938 and served as the rural high school for District 3 in Leavenworth County. Since then, the school had traditionally served as a home for one Basehor Elementary grade level until it became the virtual school once Glenwood Ridge opened.

This summer's projects, in addition to cleaning, included tree trimming and rail and hallway painting. District officials decided upon a light blue and beige interior color scheme.

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