Archive for Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BLHS stadium getting $16,000 sound system upgrade

The Basehor-Linwood school district's administrative offices, and the school board meeting room, are located at 2008 N. 155th St.

The Basehor-Linwood school district's administrative offices, and the school board meeting room, are located at 2008 N. 155th St.

June 15, 2011

Spectators at Basehor-Linwood High School football games this fall should have an easier time hearing who made that tackle or just how many yards were gained on that pass.

The Basehor-Linwood school board on Monday voted, 7-0, to spend $16,000 to install a new speaker system at the BLHS football field. The measure answers one of the most common complaints Superintendent David Howard has heard from district patrons, Howard said.

“The sound we have out there now is terrible,” he said.

Fans on the corners of the field or in the visitors’ section on the west end of the field can hardly hear anything over the present speaker system, he said.

The district will contract with Sound Products, Inc., of Topeka to install the sound system. The company has contracted with the district before, including to install the intercom system at the new Basehor-Linwood Middle School building.

Howard said the school borrowed a sound system from the company for a track meet this spring, and the sound carried across the BLHS parking lot to his office in the nearby district administrative building.

School board president Dayna Miller expressed relief that the school would be rid of the old sound system.

“This is going to take care of all of that,” Miller said.

Also at the school board meeting:

• Howard said Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner had selected a deputy, Brent Ogborn, to serve as a school resource officer for the Basehor-Linwood district when the 2011-12 school year begins.

He also reiterated some of the reasons the district had chosen to add an SRO, saying it did not signify that the district didn't trust its students and it was important to be prepared for situations that might arise requiring a law enforcement officer.

“To say that there's not a need, I think, is being a little naïve,” Howard said.

• District construction supervisor Chris Claflin gave an update on the summer construction at Basehor Elementary School. He said construction had begun on the project that will add restrooms to three kindergarten classrooms at BES, and the district was pushing to have the project finished by July 1, though it may take a bit longer.

• Howard asked the board to consider adding a provision to its policy document to include recommended class sizes. This would not include any changes to the class size policy, he said, but would put it formally in writing, which the district has not done before.

• The board approved, 7-0, the district's bargaining agreement with its teachers for 2011-12, as well as salaries for classified and administrative employees for 2011-12.

• The board approved, 7-0, about $132,500 worth of purchases from Apple Computer, including 30 new iMac computers for each elementary school to upgrade computer labs and a laptop cart and 30 MacBook computers for the high school.

• The board approved, 7-0, the appointments of Emily Schenk and Stephanie Shupe, BES fourth-grade teachers; Alyssa Rogers, elementary art teacher; Jamie Boyd, BLMS and Linwood Elementary school physical-education teacher; Justin Oberndorfer, BLHS business teacher; Tara Bowers, BLHS English teacher; and Jill Robbs, BLHS math teacher. It also approved resignations of Steven Massing and Yvonne Sowter, food service workers.


Jason Bailey 6 years, 10 months ago

For the life of me, I don't understand why the citizens of the BL school district don't throw a fit about the wanton flushing of our tax money down the toilet. Apple is renowned for overpriced computers -- kinda like buying a Coach purse when a purse from Wal-Mart works just as well. For the price of $132,500, the school district could have purchased 30 additional laptops. The total cost per PC for the 90 total PCs purchased from Apple comes to just over $1400. You can buy nice Windows-based laptops for around $1,000 which would have either increased our PC count by 33% or would have reduced cost (if we really needed 90 total).

I don't get why our schools need Audis when a Ford Escort will work just fine for learning the fundamentals of computing. In addition, the workplace runs on Windows, not Mac. If our goal is to educate for maximum potential in the workplace, why would we not train our kids on the technology used by the super-majority of business?

Educators make no sense to me.


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