Archive for Friday, March 10, 2006

School board special meeting set Monday

Principal’s job likely topic

March 10, 2006

Monday's board meetings will held at the school district offices, 2008 N. 155th St.

The special meeting will begin at 5 p.m. No agenda is yet available for that meeting.

The regular board meeting is set for 7 p.m. Following is the agenda for that meeting:

o Approve agenda, hear from members of the audience, approve minutes of the last board meeting, approve bills and payroll, hear the treasurer's report.

Presentation and discussion

o State board member, Janet Waugh

o Focus on Learning - Basehor-Linwood Virtual School

o Facilities planning

o Update on dual credit U.S. History class at the high school

o Health and physical education curriculum revisions

o Fine arts curriculum revisions

o Capital outlay list

o Driver's education vehicles

o Basehor-Linwood to host Kansas Association of School Boards' spring regionals planning for a July Leadership Seminar

Action items

o Renew building principal and assistant principal contracts

o Renew district level administrators' contracts

o Approve 2006-07 school calendar

o Approve wellness policy

o Approve math curriculum revisions

o Approve resignations

o Approve contract

Other matters

o Superintendent's report

o Executive session on matters of non-elected personnel and matters relating to actions adversely or favorably affecting a person as a student.

The Basehor-Linwood school board will meet in special session at 5 p.m. Monday, March 13, presumably to discuss the pending ouster of high school principal Steve Blankenship.

Although a request was made to board officials for an agenda for Monday's special meeting, that request hadn't been filled as of 4 p.m. Friday.

The school board met Wednesday, March 8, in executive session for more than two hours to discuss personnel issues. Blankenship said he was in that closed-door meeting for about 30 minutes. Blankenship had asked to meet with the board, after board members on Feb. 13 voted unanimously to inform him that his contract would not be renewed at this Monday's regular board meeting. The board still is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday - and an executive session is on that agenda, to discuss personnel issues.

"It was at my request," he said. "And it was an opportunity to talk with them and try to reach some understanding and maybe an agreement."

During an interview, Blankenship said he could not comment on specifics of this week's executive session.

"I haven't done anything wrong, I can tell you that," he said.

Basehor-Linwood school Superintendent Jill Hackett said she could not discuss Blankenship's status with the district, citing confidentiality concerns over personnel issues.

Blankenship said he's been touched by an outpouring of support from parents, students and staff.

"I love this community, and based on the support I've received, I would love to stay here," he said. "I don't feel like I've done anything wrong. I've done nothing but what I've been asked to do and would like to continue on in that role."

He said that during his three-year tenure at the school, test scores have risen. In addition, turnover at his school essentially has stopped.

"We were losing 10 to 12 teachers each year," he said.

Last year, he said, the high school lost two teachers, both of whom moved from Kansas to be closer to their hometowns.

"It's a great staff, and I enjoy working with them," he said.

For the past few days, a number of e-mails and telephone calls have been made, trying to prompt local school patrons to show their support for Blankenship at Monday's board meeting.

"There has been so much support," he said, "and some people are a little gung-ho on it, and I just hope none of them does anything to get themselves in trouble, as far as saying anything that could be termed as slander. The support is awesome but I don't want anybody to get in trouble for me. That wouldn't make it worthwhile to me."

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