Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Curriculum changes to continue Monday

May 5, 2005

For the last two years, Basehor-Linwood School District administrators and teachers have worked to overhaul and revise core curricular areas and better align them with state standards required under the No Child Left Behind Act.

On Monday, that process will continue. During the School Board meeting Monday night, members will vote whether to approve revisions to the last of the core areas -- physical education and health. All indications from school officials are that board members will approve the latest revisions.

Bill Hatfield, Basehor-Linwood School District assistant superintendent, said the school district doesn't plan to stand pat with the last of the core revisions and that improving curriculum is far from a finished product in Basehor-Linwood.

"That's a goal we have -- we never stop revising," Hatfield said. He added, "We'll continue to revisit those core areas."

Last year, the school district revised curriculums for math, science and communication arts departments; earlier this year, the social studies curriculum was upgraded. Next year, educators will begin overhauling curriculum for electives and fine arts.

"(Physical education and health) represents that last of the core areas to be designed and aligned with the standards," Hatfield said. "It takes a lot of work in teacher hours, committees, to get that done. I felt everyone did just a great job."

The board's remaining agenda for Monday night is listed below:

  • Technology in the work force
  • Focus on learning -- Sixth grade center
  • 2004-05 YouthFriends National Points of Light Awards
  • Recognize retiring staff
  • 2005 high school graduation
  • Financial institution request for qualifications
  • Apple lease renewal
  • Kindergarten through 12th grade athletics program development/administrative schedule
  • High school schedule
  • Approval of mentoring program
  • Approval of resignations
  • Approval of contracts and letters of employment

Following a report from Jill Hackett, district superintendent, School Board members are scheduled to convene in an executive session to discuss matters relating to non-elected personnel, employer and employee negotiations and the acquisition of real property.

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