Archive for Thursday, March 4, 2004

Board to vote on 6th grade eligibility

March 4, 2004

A building at 155th Street and Leavenworth Road could easily be ready to house students by the fall 2004 semester, said Don Swartz, Basehor-Linwood School District director of building operations.

Next week, on Monday, March 8, the Basehor-Linwood School Board will vote on whether the building at 155th Street and Leavenworth Road, a building currently home to the Basehor-Linwood Virtual School, will be switched to house all sixth-grade students in the school district.

"It really wouldn't take all that much," Swartz said. "That building has been remodeled. It would probably just need re-equipped for classrooms."

Moving sixth-graders into the Virtual School building would help alleviate space restrictions at Basehor and Glenwood Ridge elementary schools, school officials said.

Some details for the proposed move still need finalized, however.

Several other branches of the school district such as YouthFriends, a pre-school class and the school district's technology department use office space inside the building. It is likely the Virtual School can use space at Basehor-Linwood High School, but "we're still trying to decide on the rest of them," Swartz said.

Two weeks ago, during a work session to discuss facility uses, school officials debated the merits of the proposed sixth-grade center. The proposal found support from educators and administrators, most of whom said the plan is educationally and developmentally favorable.

The school board will also decide on the following proposals Monday night:

¢ Renewal of parents as teachers program.

¢ Renewal of building principal and assistant principal contracts.

¢ Approval of resignations.

¢ Approval of letters of employment.

¢ Approval of board policy concerning advertising and donations.

The school board is also scheduled to formally recognize the high school Scholar's Bowl team Monday night. The team recently won the 4A state championship.

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