Archive for Thursday, July 16, 2009

Survey: district effective, efficient

July 16, 2009

The Basehor-Linwood School District had positive results from its recent effectiveness and efficiency review.

The results from the review were presented Monday at the Basehor-Linwood Board of Education meeting.

During the review, a team of people from the Center for Innovative School Leadership came to Basehor to observe and evaluate each of the schools in the district, after which a survey was administered to Basehor-Linwood students, staff, faculty, parents and board of education members.

Bill Sailors, director of CISL, came to the meeting to talk to the board members about the findings.

“We had a team of people (from CISL) visit Basehor-Linwood during April, and they had a tremendous visit,” Sailors said. “And I mean that. If the visit doesn’t go so good, I don’t say much, but this is a great school district.”

The team concluded from its evaluation the district was superior in its teacher-principal collaboration, special education staff and curriculum, maintenance management and staff orientation, among others.

Along with commendations, the team also made some recommendations to the district, which included having an administrative officer visit each school monthly, bidding custodial and maintenance supplies, setting all computers to shut off automatically at 4 p.m. each day and evaluating classified staff annually, among others.

Results from the survey showed the majority of the 415 students who completed the survey felt their teachers cared about their needs and thought they were receiving a quality education. Of the 75 teachers who took the survey, all of them said their students felt safe at school, and 90 percent said the building administrators were effective as instructional leaders. More than 240 parents participated, and 90 to 95 percent of them said their children felt safe at school, and they thought the schools were clean. Recommendations from the groups ranged from better control of drugs and alcohol to more competitive salaries.

Sailors said he personally disagreed that both of these particular issues were true problems.

“In every district we’ve reviewed, drugs and alcohol are listed as a problem,” Sailors said. “That’s normal. And I think you have very competitive salaries when compared to schools of similar size and socio-economic status.”

Sailors said CISL enjoyed working with Basehor-Linwood and would check in with the district in a while.

“I want to thank you for letting us come into your house,” he said. “We were very impressed with the Basehor-Linwood school district. You have some great things going here, and this has been a great experience for us.”

Superintendent David Howard said he was looking forward to seeing how the review results could help the district.

“Thank you for coming and being open and honest,” Howard said to Sailors. “Hopefully we can use this information in years to come.”

Also on Monday, the board:

• Appointed, 4-3, Dayna Miller as board president.

• Appointed, 7-0, Eric Dove as board vice president.

• Appointed, 7-0, Pam Chenoweth as board clerk.

• Appointed, 7-0, Mark Grube as board treasurer.

• Approved, 7-0, to renew the district’s insurance with Riley and Sons and Allied.

• Heard a construction report from Chris Claflin. The brick work is complete in the intermediate school and window installation should begin soon. The middle school’s iron work is ongoing, most of the brick work is complete, and more floor slabs should be poured this week.

• Heard a report from Howard. He discussed with board members the city’s work on the Glenwood sewer decommissioning and the possible tax rebate program.

• Approved, 7-0, to continue with the Leavenworth Times as the official newspaper.

• Approved, 7-0, to use Community National Bank as the district’s depository.

• Approved, 7-0, to have board meetings starting at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. This is one hour later than when the meetings had previously started.

• Approved, 7-0, the use of Facsimile Signature Plates.

• Approved, 7-0, early payment of bills.

• Approved, 7-0, Pam Chenoweth to be the district’s Kansas Public Employees Retirement System representative.

• Approved, 7-0, to continue with Lathrop and Gage as the district’s legal counsel.

• Approved, 7-0, Howard to be the district’s representative for outside agencies.

• Approved, 7-0, Dayna Miller and Wynne Coleman to be the district’s Interest-Based Bargaining representatives.

• Approved, 7-0, Doug Bittel to be the district’s Education Foundation representative.

• Approved, 7-0, building principals and vice principals to be truancy officers.

• Approved, 7-0, Howard to be the district’s food service representative.

• Approved, 7-0, Assistant Superintendent Mike Boyd as the food service hearing officer.

• Approved, 7-0, Howard as the district’s compliance officer for federal programs.

• Approved, 7-0, building principals as administrators of activity funds.

• Approved, 7-0, traveling allowances. They will be 47 cents per mile in district mileage reimbursement, $50 per day for meals while traveling and $100 per day for lodging.

• Approved, 7-0, to pay substitute teachers $50 for half a day, $95 for the first five days in the same classroom, $100 a day after 10 days and $115 per day thereafter.

• Approved, 7-0, $250 as the limit for petty cash.

• Approved, 7-0, a waiver of generally accepted accounting principals.

• Approved, 7-0, the 1,116-hour school calendar for 2009-2010.

• Approved, 7-0, a home rule resolution.

• Approved, 7-0, a destruction of records resolution.

• Approved, 7-0, a property and casualty insurance agreement with Riley and Sons.

• Approved, 7-0, RF Fisher as the local area network installation company for the new intermediate school in the amount of $87,649.72.


Jason Bailey 8 years, 11 months ago

Looks like an awful lot of rubber stamping going on here...all votes unanimous?! Seriously? Not even waiving generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) (not "principals", by the way) spawned one dissenting vote? Amazing.

If my company abandoned GAAP, the Sarbanes-Oxley act would kill us in one year's time. If our schools do it, directly placing our monies at risk by not utilizing GAAP principles, then it's all cool. At least, that's the lesson I've learned today.


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