Archive for Thursday, April 16, 2009

School year to end early

April 16, 2009

Students in the Basehor-Linwood School District can look forward to three extra days of summer this year.

At Monday night’s Basehor-Linwood Board of Education meeting, board members voted, 7-0, to end school throughout the district three school days earlier than originally planned.

The school year was scheduled to end May 27, which is the Wednesday after Memorial Day, and it will now end on May 21, the Thursday before Memorial Day. The action eliminates May 22, May 26 and May 27 from the calendar.

The length of the school year is determined by the state. Every district must have a set amount of hours by the end of each year, and this year, Basehor-Linwood has four extra snow days left to use. These snow days can be cashed in at the end of the year.

Superintendent Robert Albers presented the idea during his discussion of the end-of-the-year activities. He said the topic had been addressed before, and he wanted to recommend it be passed.

Albers said the three subtracted days would save the district about $12,000 in transportation fees alone.

“Also, when we factor in the teachers and staff who will not have to work, we can save about $22,000 by doing this,” he said.

Also on Monday night, the board:

• Congratulated the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team on its championship victory.

• Heard an update on the Parents as Teachers program.

• Introduced newly elected board members Wynne Coleman and Richard Zamora.

• Marked May 6 as the date for the Kansas Association of School Boards spring regional and new board member workshop.

• Heard from Albers about the Kansas State Department of Education’s audit of the district.

• Heard a report from Sandy Guidry about the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Three schools in the district — Glenwood Ridge Elementary, Basehor-Linwood High School and Basehor-Linwood Middle School — have been visited by NCA, and all three received full accreditation. Guidry anticipates no problems with the remaining schools’ accreditation.

• Discussed changes to student handbooks.

• Heard about 2009-2010 capital outlay requests. Teachers requested $67,565 in funds for various needs.

• Discussed new guidelines for Board of Education Policy JBC. The district plans to appoint a coordinator to advocate for homeless students. The policy will be available for first reading at the May 11 meeting.

• Heard an update from Howard on the Wellness and Fitness Center. Howard said he wanted to explore the option of building a FEMA safe room in the building in the event of a severe storm. He estimated the cost to be about $100,000.

• Discussed end-of-the-year events.

• Heard a construction report from Chris Claflin, who said construction for the new intermediate school is moving along well. The middle school project has battled weather conditions during the last month, which slowed work down.

• Approved, 7-0, a three-year contract with Easton Bus Service, Inc.

• Approved, 7-0, the high school senior class trip to Silver Dollar City.

• Approved, 7-0, the clerical description for building secretaries.

• Approved, 7-0, membership and fees with KASB.

• Approved, 7-0, legal assistance fund membership with KASB.

• Approved, 7-0, administrative contract renewals.

• Approved, 7-0, resignations and contracts.

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