Weather delays school opening
The threat of a snowstorm delayed a big day in Basehor-Linwood School District history.
Basehor Elementary School third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers and students were set to make a huge transition Wednesday morning, moving into their new intermediate building, Basehor Elementary School 3-5, off 155th and Hickory streets.
School was canceled in the district Tuesday night, however, setting back the much-anticipated event.
The new school was buzzing Tuesday as teachers and staff did some final unpacking, cleaning and arranging in preparation for the students’ arrival. Though some teachers were beginning to doubt they would return the next day as they heard about Wednesday’s weather forecast.
“I don’t know if we’ll be here tomorrow,” teacher Rebecca Hill said as she and the other fifth-grade teachers took a break from organizing their new classrooms. “I just don’t want to have to dismiss early.”
On the day of the move, which will now take place the day school resumes, the students will arrive at the old Basehor Elementary just as they normally would for attendance and lunch count. Around 9:15 a.m., they will all be bused over to the new school together, with teachers and administrators waiting to welcome them.
“We’ve worked really hard, so it will be fun to see it all come together,” fourth-grade teacher Jayne Denny said. “I couldn't be more excited.”
While the cancellation likely brings frustration to many, it might be a source of relief for a few. Kinks in the new school’s phones and Internet connection, as well as its heating system, had not been completely ironed out Tuesday – a source of added stress for staff and faculty.
“I’m tired,” principal Teri Boyd said as she shivered in her cold office. “And I’ve been having to send everything (electronically) from the other building, so I’ve been back and forth a lot.”
Perhaps the delayed opening will bring heat and Internet to all come the first day of school.