Board considers annexation of two schools
Two of the Basehor-Linwood School District’s newest schools may be annexed into the city of Basehor.
At Monday night’s school board meeting, members talked about the possibility of having the new Basehor-Linwood Middle School and Glenwood Ridge Elementary School annexed into the city. Both schools’ sewer lines will be connected to the city’s wastewater treatment plant in August as part of the decommissioning of the Glenwood Estates sewer lagoons ordered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Voluntary annexation into the city might save the district some money, Superintendent David Howard said.
“If we are not within the city limits and pumping sewage into the city, we will be paying 1.5 times more,” Howard said of the sewer fees the district will incur.
Annexing into the city would also allow these schools to be patrolled by the Basehor Police Department, Howard said.
“I would think the local law enforcement would have a quicker response time than the county,” Howard said, “though the county has done well with that so far.”
The only potential disadvantages Howard said he saw were paying in-city taxes and being subject to the city’s building code inspections. As its own taxing entity, the school district would be exempt from paying city taxes, Howard said.
District construction supervisor Chris Claflin told board members Monday he did not view Basehor’s codes enforcement as a drawback to annexation.
“I don’t see any disadvantages (to the annexation),” Claflin said. “Mark (Lee, Basehor building inspector) has done a great job with inspections for us. It’s not free, you do have to pay for it, but he does a great job.”
The discussion brought board members back to the Cedar Lakes Estates annexation that took place in 2009 during which Cedar Lakes residents argued they had nothing to gain by coming into the city. Board Vice President Eric Dove said he was against annexation without clear benefits to joining the city.
“I’m kind of an anti-annexation,” Dove said. “I think it should always be voluntary. I think you should gain a lot if you get annexed, and I’m not sure (the district will gain anything).”
The board will discuss city annexation further at a future meeting that has yet to be determined.
Also on Monday night, the board:
• Unanimously elected — with board member Wynne Coleman absent — Dayna Miller as the board president.
• Unanimously elected Eric Dove as the board vice president.
• Unanimously appointed Pam Chenoweth as the board clerk and Mike Boyd as the deputy clerk.
• Unanimously elected Mark Grube as the board treasurer.
• Approved, 6-0, to continue with the Leavenworth Times as the official newspaper.
• Approved, 6-0, to use Community National Bank as the district’s depository.
• Approved, 6-0, to have board meetings starting at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.
• Approved, 6-0, the use of Facsimile Signature Plates.
• Approved, 6-0, early bill payments.
• Approved, 6-0, Pam Chenoweth to be the district’s Kansas Public Employees Retirement System representative.
• Approved, 6-0, to continue with Lathrop and Gage as the district’s legal counsel.
• Approved, 6-0, Howard to be the district’s representative for outside agencies.
• Approved, 6-0, Dayna Miller and Wynne Coleman to be the district’s Interest-Based Bargaining representatives.
• Approved, 6-0, Doug Bittel to be the district’s Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation representative.
• Approved, 6-0, building principals and vice principals to be truancy officers.
• Approved, 6-0, Howard and the district’s food service director to be the district’s food service representatives.
• Approved, 6-0, Assistant Superintendent Mike Boyd as the food service hearing officer.
• Approved, 6-0, Howard as compliance officer for federal programs.
• Approved, 6-0, building principals as administrators of activity funds.
• Approved, 6-0, traveling allowances. They will be 47 cents per mile as district mileage reimbursement, $50 per day for meals while traveling and $100 per day for lodging.
• Approved, 6-0, 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 there after.
• Approved, 6-0, $250 as the limit for petty cash.
• Approved, 6-0, a waiver of generally accepted accounting principals.
• Approved, 6-0, the 1,116-hour school calendar for 2010-2011.
• Approved, 6-0, a home rule resolution.
• Approved, 6-0, a destruction of records resolution.
• Approved, 6-0, a property and casualty insurance agreement with Riley and Sons.