Board approves curriculum revisions
The Basehor-Linwood School Board unanimously approved a revised curriculum during its meeting Monday night to better align it with state standards on assessment tests required under the No Child Left Behind Act.
School Board members voted 7-0 to approve the curriculum revisions to the last of the core areas that have been revised over recent years, physical education and health.
Last year, the school district revised curriculums for the math, science and communication arts departments; earlier this year, the social studies curriculum was upgraded. Next year, educators are scheduled to begin overhauling the curriculum for electives and fine arts.
School district officials said the No Child Left Behind act, a federal mandate, dictates that school districts continually revise and refine curriculums and tailor them to standards on the all important assessment tests. If schools do not meet annual yearly progress goals in consecutive years, they could possibly face sanctions that include a reduction in funding and ultimately, loss of accreditation.
- Approved, 7-0, the following resignations:
Janet Shumway, fifth-grade teacher at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School.
Lynnie Kendrick, third-grade teacher at GRES.
Lori Shattuck, receptionist and assistant bookkeeper.
Katherine Zeller, custodian at GRES.
Tom Cooper, head football coach at Basehor-Linwood Middle School.
Josh Woodward, assistant football coach at BLMS.
Larry Booth, assistant football coach at BLMS.
Jeff Venema, eighth-grade girls basketball coach at BLMS.
Mardy Robinson, English teacher at Basehor-Linwood High School.
Amanda Ellis, assistant volleyball coach at BLMS.
Amy Simeonov, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Linwood Elementary School and assistant track coach at BLMS.
Dixie Budimlija, second grade teacher at GRES.
- Approved, 7-0, a districtwide mentoring program.
- Approved, 7-0, the following contracts and letters of employment:
Amy Payne, third-grade teacher at GRES.
Andrea Bezdek, second grade teacher at GRES.
Kristen Anthony, first grade teacher at Basehor Elementary School and head volleyball coach at Basehor-Linwood.
Rebecca Voth, art teacher at Linwood Elementary School, Basehor-Linwood Sixth Grade Center and BLHS.
Kimberly Wormsley, counselor at the sixth-grade center.
Chad Harvey, head football coach at BLMS.
Kevin Vincent, head boys soccer coach at BLHS.
Lori Sickman, receptionist and assistant bookkeeper at the central office.
Leslee Meek, English teacher at BLHS