Archive for Thursday, May 13, 2004

Basehor board approves curriculum revisions

May 13, 2004

The Basehor-Linwood School Board unanimously approved Monday, May 10 revisions to the school district's kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum for the communication arts.

Although the changes approved were for all students K-12, the school board could only approve funding classroom materials needed for the revisions for kindergarten through sixth grade students. The new materials will cost approximately $113,000, school officials said.

"I feel our budget this year can handle that," superintendent Jill Hackett said, noting that materials for the middle and high schools will be fully funded next year.

The revisions bring the school district's communication arts classes into compliance with state standards, assistant superintendent Bill Hatfield said.

A 19-member committee, consisting of teachers and administrators, worked on the revisions throughout the year, he added.

School officials are currently working toward putting the revised communication arts curriculum guide on the Internet along with a guide for parents, Hatfield said.

The school board also:

  • Approved, 7-0, security system upgrades at Basehor-Linwood High School. The security system is expected to cost approximately $15,000 and includes a monitoring system of the high school's interior and exterior. The upgrades will be installed once school is let out for the summer and should be completed by the fall 2004 semester, school officials said.
  • Approved, 7-0, a list of capital outlay projects.
  • Approved, 7-0, a commitment to Channel 39, a television station that features programming produced and edited by high school students.
  • Approved, 7-0, retirements and resignations.
  • Approved, 7-0, letters of employment.
  • Recognized long-time teachers Art Wells of Basehor-Linwood High School and Ellen Filippi of Basehor Elementary School for their service to the district. The teachers, both of whom are retiring at the end of the year, have nearly six decades of teaching in Basehor-Linwood combined. They received a plaque and a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance Monday night.
  • Rescheduled a Monday, May 24 work session to Monday, June 14 to discuss moving forward with an energy savings project. The June 14 meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. and last until the board meeting that night.

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