USD 458 school board to continue meetings in Linwood
The Basehor-Linwood school board will continue to meet periodically in Linwood despite one board member's push Monday to move all its meetings to the district's central office in Basehor.
The school board approved, by a 4-3 vote, a schedule that calls for it to have three of its 12 monthly meetings at Linwood Elementary School during the 2011-2012 term. Members Wynne Coleman, Dayna Miller and Lori Van Fleet voted against the schedule. It was Van Fleet's first regular meeting as a board member.
Member Gary Johnson, who lives near Linwood and represents the southern portion of the school district, said having meetings at LES helped show that all parts of the district matter to its leaders, especially now that Basehor-Linwood Middle School is no longer located there.
“The only thing they've got left down there is the grade school now,” Johnson said. “So it would be kind of nice for the school board to show up there.”
Coleman spoke in favor of moving all the board meetings to the district's administrative offices in Basehor. She said that having the board meet in one regular location would be less confusing for patrons.
“I'm just in favor of having one place where we always know where it's going to be on a set date and time,” Coleman said.
Miller added that the central office had a room designed specifically for board meetings, with a table and microphones, which LES does not have. She also recalled one meeting for which board clerk Pam Chenoweth had to bring boxes full of documents down to Linwood. If the board meets at the central office, such documents are records are readily available, she said.
The schedule approved Monday calls for the board to have its September and November 2011 and April 2012 meetings at LES.
Also during Monday's meeting, the school board:
• Approved, 7-0, the addition of recommended class sizes to the board's policy document. The district's recommended class sizes are 22 for kindergarten, 24 for first through third grades and 28 for fourth grade and above.
• Approved, 7-0, the purchase of two new district vehicles: a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu for about $19,600 and a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban for about $37,800.
• Approved, 7-0, the purchase of 50 Apple MacBook laptops for Basehor-Linwood Virtual School students at a cost of about $49,500.
• Appointed, 7-0, the law firm McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips of Kansas City, Kan., as the district's legal counsel for 2011-2012. The district's previous legal counsel was the firm Lathrop and Gage.
• Approved, 7-0, the resignation of district communication coordinator Kaci Brutto. Brutto left for a job with the Blue Valley School District.
• Approved, 7-0, regular yearly changes to the student handbook.
• Approved, 7-0, a resolution requiring the district to go through the Leavenworth County government to apply for Federal Emergency Management Administration funding in case of a disaster.
The board also approved a number of state-required actions and appointments for the 2011-2012 term, all by a 7-0 vote. The board:
• Appointed Pam Chenoweth as the board clerk, assistant superintendent Mike Boyd as deputy clerk, Mark Grube as treasurer and Jill Howell as deputy treasurer.
• Designated the Leavenworth Times as its official newspaper and Community National Bank of Basehor as its official depository.
• Established the district's mileage reimbursement rate at $0.51 per mile, daily meal allowances at $50 and lodging allowances at $100 per night.
• Set the substitute teacher pay rates at $95 per day for the first five days in the same classroom, $100 per day for the next 10 days and $115 for each day afterward, or $50 for a half day.
• Established a petty cash limit of $250.
• Renewed a property and casualty insurance agreement with Reilly and Sons, Inc.
• Approved membership in the Kansas Association of School Boards and its legal assistance fund.
• Approved the use of facsimile signature plates for all checks, authorization to amend bank accounts and early payment of bills.
• Adopted a waiver of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, a 1,116-hour school calendar, a home rule resolution and a resolution allowing the destruction of records.
• Appointed Boyd as the suspension/expulsion officer and food service hearing officer; board clerk Chenoweth as the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System representative; board members Dayna Miller and Richard Zamora as interest-based bargaining representatives; member Lori Van Fleet as Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation representative; all principals and vice principals as officers to report truancy; Howard and food service director Della Lucas as food service representatives; all principals as administrators of activity funds; and Howard as district representative to outside agencies, compliance officer for federal programs and coordinator for homeless children duties.