Archive for Thursday, January 12, 2006

Parents as Teachers program may split from cooperative

January 12, 2006

Basehor-Linwood's Parents as Teachers program could soon go it alone.

Parents as Teachers is an international early childhood education and family support program. It serves families until their children enter kindergarten.

The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education.

The local program has worked in partnership with the Northeast Kansas Education Service Center. However, that cooperation could soon be coming to a close.

At Monday night's school board meeting, director of business operations Don Swartz said the district is researching whether Basehor-Linwood can maintain a program on its own.

Approximately 18 school districts run Parents as Teachers programs through the cooperative. Basehor-Linwood's program is among the largest.

"We just feel like, possibly, we would be better off running our own system," Swartz said.

Through the cooperative, the Basehor-Linwood program works with seven to nine families. On its own, the program "wouldn't be limited," Swartz said.

"We could work with as many kids as we wanted," he added.

"Why go on our own? The obvious answer is sitting right there."

As he spoke, Swartz was pointing toward Jacki Himpel, the driving force behind Basehor-Linwood's Parents as Teachers program for the last several years.

She was named as one of the first recipients of the Parent Educator of the Year award in 2003.

Running the program without assistance from the education cooperative would cost Basehor-Linwood $1,800 more. School officials said the increase could be offset by acquiring grant money.

School officials said they will have a proposal for the board to consider in coming weeks.

In other action, the school board:

  • Approved, 7-0, renewing an errors and omissions insurance policy.
  • Approved, 7-0, a request for proposal from Community National Bank. The bank will now be used as the school district's official bank.
  • Approved, 7-0, the resignations of a Basehor Elementary School fifth-grade teacher; Jeff Haney, a language arts, speech and debate at Basehor-Linwood High School; Kellie McCoy, a building tech coordinator for BES; Kristen Anthony, a first-grade teacher at Basehor Elementary School, volleyball coach at BLHS and basketball coach at Basehor-Linwood Middle School; Leslee Meek, an English teacher at BLHS.
  • Approved, 7-0, letters of employment for Christopher Gabbert, boys basketball coach at BLMS and Matt Johnson, custodian at BLHS.
  • Approved, 7-0, extending the contract of Superintendent Jill Hackett through the 2007-08 school year. The superintendent's annual salary will remain at $103,821.

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