Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2007

School board gets sneak peek of auditorium’s Wall of Pride

October 11, 2007

Within the walls of the new Lansing High School auditorium, great performances are sure to take the stage. But one of those walls in particular might not just inspire greatest but a little pride as well.

At Monday's monthly school board meeting, board members got the first glimpse of the Wall of Pride that will cover a 27-foot by nine-foot area within the new auditorium's lobby.

Mary Alice Schroeger presented the wall Monday as a gift to the district from the Lansing Education Foundation Fund as a way to contribute and thank everyone who made the new auditorium possible. And as expected, board members accepted the gift with great enthusiasm.

"I'm extremely excited about it," Superintendent Randal Bagby said. "It's going to be a great thing and something we can take pride in for a long time."

Schroeger showed a rendering of the wall, which will include a relief sculpture of a lion, the high school's mascot, that will measure four and a half feet tall by nine feet wide. Lawrence artist Laura Ramberg has been commissioned to do the lion sculpture, which Schroeger described Monday as being majestic and friendly.

Below the lion sculpture, tiles, with the names of Lansing residents, will line up in rows. The education foundation will sell ceramic tiles to Lansing residents that will range in price from $50 to $1,000 and the size of the tile will correspond to it's cost.

Schroeger did not have an exact date that the tiles will begin being sold but said she expected them to be available in a couple of weeks. Tables will be set up at home football and basketball games so residents may purchase the tiles.

Schroeger said she wanted to get students involved in the project as well so Ramberg will be visiting various art classes within the district to speak to students. Some high school students will also have the opportunity to take a field to Ramberg's studio in Lawrence where she said students might even get to help make some of the tiles.

In addition to the gift of the Wall of Pride, Schroeger announced Monday the teachers who will receive Pride Grants from the education foundation. A total of 17 grants were given out for various events and projects throughout the district. In total $9,804 will be presented to teachers in prize patrol Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Schroeger said the amount for the 2007-2008 school year was larger than year's past, but she said the foundation received so many deserving proposals it didn't want to turn anyone down.

In other business Monday, the board:

¢ Received revised enrollment numbers for the final headcount of students in USD 469.

Lansing Elementary School dropped seven students from 615 in 2006-'07 to 608 this year. Lansing Intermediate School increased by two students from 315 in 2006-'07 to 317 this year. Lansing Middle School increased 23 students from 523 in 2006-'07 to 546 this year. Lansing High School had the largest increase - 46 students - from 727 in 2006-'07 to 773 this year.

Total headcount in the district is 2,244 students, which is up 64 students from 2006-'07.

Bagby said Lansing schools has seen a consistent 3 percent increase in students for several years and that he wasn't surprised to see the same happened this year. He said he expected that number to increase in the lower grades but was surprised to see the increase take place mostly in higher grades.

The final numbers will not affect any funding that the district will receive from the state.

¢ Accepted a $250 certificate from the Kansas Beef Council for beef purchases in the high school's family and consumer sciences department.

¢ Approved the LHS French Club's trip to Montreal and Quebec in June 2008. Mary Alice Schroeger will take 25 to 30 students on a week-long trip to the cities to view sites and practice the French language. The trip will cost between $1,500 and $1,700.

¢ Accepted a $111.71 donation from the Target Take Charge of Education program for Lansing Elementary School. When Target shoppers sign up for a Target credit card, they can indicate a particular school that Target will donate 1 percent of purchases made on that credit card to.

¢ Elected Beth Stevenson and Shelly Gowdy to a negotiation team that will discuss contract issues with Lansing Teachers Association.

¢ Accepted the resignation of Kelly Riemann, a sixth-grade teacher at Lansing Middle School. Bagby could not disclose the reason behind the leave but said the district would begin advertising for the vacant position soon.

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