School officials seek additional teachers
Because of an expected increase in enrollment, the Basehor-Linwood school district is considering adding three teachers for next school year. The additional teachers would increase the district's faculty to 114 teachers.
"We need to add two more for sure," said Don Swartz, director of building operations.
Swartz talked to school board members at their Monday meeting about the additional teachers. The board did not vote on the issue, but most likely will vote on candidates to fill the jobs at next month's meeting.
Swartz said the two schools in need of more teachers are Basehor-Linwood High School, where a social studies/physical education teacher is needed, and at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, which will need another first-grade teacher.
The district is also eyeing whether to hire another kindergarten teacher for Basehor Elementary School.
The need for another social studies teacher at the high school was prompted by an estimated enrollment increase of 50 new students, Swartz said.
At Glenwood Ridge, there are three sections of kindergarten students -- with 24 students each, which is the district's maximum of students per classroom. Enrollment is expected to increase at GRE next year as well, creating the need for another first-grade teacher.
Kindergarten also is a concern at Basehor Elementary School, where 10 more students are enrolled for next year than this year. Another surge in kindergarten enrollment is expected to occur during kindergarten roundup later this month.
"We just don't have enough manpower to staff it right now," Swartz said.
Swartz said the district has been visiting colleges and screening potential teacher candidates for the last several weeks. He said administrators now are prepared to interview candidates.
"We're in the prime hiring time right now," he said.