Archive for Thursday, March 12, 2009

District makes cuts to budget, increases school fees

March 12, 2009

Budget cuts and fee increases are in the future for the Basehor-Linwood School District, but the school board is trying to keep those cuts to a minimum.

At Monday night’s meeting, board members voted unanimously to discontinue the Building Trades class at Basehor-Linwood High School and to raise the fee for drivers education to $275.

Superintendent Robert Albers said the remaining items proposed in phase one of the budget reduction, with a few modifications, would be the basis for additional cuts. The board is recommending that no field trips be cut and that no staffing changes be made at this time.

Albers also presented other areas where student fees would most likely be increased. He said the board was trying to keep all fees reasonable.

“We’re wanting to hold off on fee increases as much as we can,” Albers said. “But some things will just need to be raised.”

Albers said the district was looking at possible changes such as raising the cost of high school agendas by $2 and increasing the yearbook price from $45 to $50. Student lunches could cost 15 cents more, totaling $2.25 per lunch. Fees for the Industrial Arts class might also be raised from $15 to $20, and students would have to pay $25 to take the Project Lead the Way classes. Project Lead the Way classes currently have no fees.

In addition, students who live less than 2.5 miles from the school could potentially pay $200 annually to ride the bus, with a maximum amount of $400 per family.

The board will move forward with more budget changes at the April 13 meeting.

In other business Monday, board members:

• Approved, 7-0, to appoint Communications Coordinator Kaci Brutto as a temporary board clerk in Pam Chenoweth’s absence at this meeting.

• Heard from Darla Miles, of Miles Excavating, Inc., and Joe Rawie, of Blacktop Paving, about awarding the contract for the Basehor Town Center project. Miles said despite Blacktop Paving being the lowest bidder for the project, Miles Excavating had done a lot for the community of Basehor. She said she wanted the board to consider which company was the most responsible bidder. Rawie said that he was a responsible bidder and that the bottom line was he was the low bid by $50,000. A final decision should be made in the coming weeks.

• Set the date for the Kansas Association of School Boards meeting as May 6 at Olathe Northwest.

• Discussed the possibility of cutting two kindergarten routes from the transportation agreement, along with three shuttle routes.

• Received job descriptions for clerical positions to be voted on at the April 13 meeting.

• Set the dates for the Summer Leadership Seminar as July 30 and July 31. July 30 will be for administrative staff only, and July 31 will include administration and the board of education.

• Heard a legislative report from Albers. Kansas could be awarded $112 million for 2009, $472 million for 2010 and $374 million for 2011 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Albers also said that a bill had been introduced to change the stipulations for primary elections. Currently, four candidates filed for one position constitutes a primary, and the bill would change that number back to three people, as it was before.

• Heard a construction report from supervisor Chris Claflin. He said all projects are moving along very well, despite the winter weather.

• Approved, 7-0, a proposal from Miles Excavating to use the excess land on 158th Street for planting of wheat and brome grass. Steve Miles agreed to harvest the wheat crop and bail the hay for six years. If the land is sold during the six years, the contract between Miles and USD 458 is void.

• Approved, 7-0, to continue banking with Community National Bank.

• Approved, 7-0, a two-year contract for auditing services.

• Approved, 7-0, the job descriptions for food service positions.

• Approved, 7-0, to award the Basehor Town Center phase II sewer bid to Weer Construction, not to exceed $99,345.

• Approved, 7-0, to add item 43-248B to the agenda, approval of a copier lease.

• Approved, 7-0, a lease for copy machines with Toshiba, not exceed $3,550 per month.

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