Archive for Thursday, September 23, 2004

Advisory council to begin 2nd year

September 23, 2004

The district advisory council -- a group of local residents that meets periodically with Basehor-Linwood School District officials -- will kick off its second year next week at Basehor-Linwood High School.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, inside the high school band room. School district officials said the agenda will cover plans for four priority areas identified by the council last year. Those priority areas include communications, curriculum, instruction, activities and facilities planning.

School officials said plans were developed for each of the areas listed on the agenda and that advisory council members would have ample opportunity to weigh in on the plans Monday.

Although listed on the Monday night agenda, school officials are still discussing facilities planning and may not delve too deeply into the subject during the advisory council meeting.

Last month, members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board and district officials met to discuss new school concepts with designer Mark Franzen of Horst, Karst and Terrill Architects, the district's architecture firm.

During the meeting, school officials reviewed preliminary designs for classroom additions to Basehor and Glenwood Ridge elementary schools, a new elementary school and both a new and refurbished Basehor-Linwood Middle School. Cost analyses ran between $1.4 million and $17.5 million.

The school district made no decisions during the meeting and reached but one consensus -- more planning was necessary before moving forward. A work session will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, to discuss plans more thoroughly; school officials said it's best to continue those discussions before bringing ideas before the advisory council.

The district advisory council, a creation of second-year school district superintendent Jill Hackett, is open to anyone interested in participating. Anyone interested in joining should contact the school district office at (913) 724-1396 and request to be added to the member registry.

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