Archive for Thursday, April 24, 2008

Clark to get new schedule

April 24, 2008

Clark Middle School students and teachers will have a new class schedule in 2008-2009.

At its Monday night meeting, the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School Board heard a presentation from Clark Middle School principal Steve Cook on the new schedule.

Its need arose from the school's Expeditionary Learning curriculum, a hands-on, projects-based learning model. Adopted this school year, Expeditionary Learning incorporates all core subjects for each project.

The new schedule better integrates teachers of elective classes as part of the Expeditionary Learning teams, Cook said.

Also, in addition to needing to plan and work together regularly, Cook said the teachers' collaboration with each other was due to the school's need to better align the year-to-year curricula for each grade level, as well as the Expeditionary Learning investigations with their classes.

Under the new schedule, teachers in each grade level will have an hour together each day to collaborate and plan.

This required teachers of electives to choose the grade levels most appropriate to the subjects they teach in order that the instructors could collaborate with teachers on curricula for the same grades.

Changes for students will depend on their grade level. Sixth-graders will have semester-long elective classes instead of the nine-week schedule now in place.

Seventh-graders will take a semester-long health and physical education class, with that same period in the other semester to be filled by an elective of their choice. The PE/health class will cover nutrition, sex education, healthy lifestyles and wellness, Cook said, and elective take the place of a year-long remedial and learning-support class.

For eighth-graders there will be a seventh-period class to help students to prepare for the transition to high school.

In other actions, the board:

¢ Heard a presentation by Robert Schwartz, of RSP Associates, on district population and enrollment trends. See FORECAST, page 7A.

¢ Approved payment of warrants for $530,709.

¢ Approved an increase in preschool fees for the 2008-2009 school year, from $40 per week to $50 per week. The district now provides preschool for 31 students considered at-risk for their economic background and 17 other students, whose parents pay the fee.

¢ Approved a quit-claim deed giving a lot measuring approximately 100 by 120 feet, west of the Head Start school at 402 N. Neconi St., to the city of Bonner Springs for use as a children's soccer field for the Parks and Recreation Department.

¢ Approved accounting of the Head Start school and its fiscal manual.

¢ Heard a presentation by Superintendent Robert Van Maren on 21st century learning.

¢ Approved a public hearing date on the district's republished budget for 7 p.m. May 5.

¢ Approved a technology plan for the district, a prerequisite for receiving money from the state for the purchase of new computers and equipment.

¢ Heard Van Maren's superintendent's update. He said lights at the high school baseball field need changing, which will cost $90,000.

¢ Approved the deletion of one of the two part-time Title I positions at Edwardsville Elementary to allow for one full-time Title I position.

¢ Approved new contracts for Erin Bloom, Edwardsville Elementary assistant principal; Aaron Miller, Delaware Ridge Elementary assistant principal; Maudie Irsik, high school family and consumer science teacher; Ashely Razak, technology assistant; and Leonard Smith, Clark Middle School custodian. Approved renewed contracts for Julie Finger, middle school art teacher, and Michelle Staponski Howell, Edwardsville Elementary teacher; and amended contracts for Fredy DeLeon and Mark Wiseman, IT technicians.

Approved the resignations of Bilee Jo Grable, Delaware Ridge Elementary reading coach; John Lefler, high school and middle school band director; Whitney Mitchell, Delaware Ridge fourth-grade teacher; Rachel Sheeley, Edwardsville third-grade teacher; and Gina Thornburgh, daycare caregiver.


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