Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2011

Basehor-Linwood moving to add school resource officer for 2011-12

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.

May 12, 2011

Now that district parents have spoken, a Leavenworth County sheriff's officer is likely headed for Basehor-Linwood schools, as soon as this fall.

After superintendent David Howard reported at Monday night's school board meeting that parents who responded to an email survey were “overwhelmingly supportive” of a school resource officer for the district, school board members agreed for administrators to meet with Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner to work toward adding an officer for the 2011-12 school year.

About 280 district parents responded to the district's survey asking opinions about a possible SRO, Howard said, and more than 90 percent replied that they would support the addition of an officer. The district sent out about 1,000 email surveys, though many parents likely received multiple surveys because they had children attending more than one school.

“Most of the comments were very, very positive,” Howard said.

In fact, most comments that weren't positive raised the issue of how much an SRO would cost the district, Howard said. The answer to that question, thanks to the sheriff's office, is little to none. Zoellner has offered to provide a sheriff's officer to serve as an SRO, something it already does for the Tonganoxie and Easton districts.

After discussing the survey results, Howard asked whether the board members thought the district should pursue the addition of an officer for 2011-12. The question was met with nods from the six members present (Jeané Redmond was absent).

Howard said the next step in the process would be for administrators from the district, Basehor-Linwood High School and Basehor-Linwood Middle School to meet with Zoellner and discuss how to select an officer for the job.

“I believe that the key to making this successful is making sure you have the right person,” Howard said.

The district's survey also asked parents what sort of role they would like an SRO to fill in the district. Their top choices were to “deter violence, vandalism and theft,” “prevent bullying” and “build positive relationships with students.”

AYP projections look positive

Also at the school board meeting, assistant superintendent Mike Boyd said that preliminary results from this spring's state assessment tests indicated that the district would likely meet the No Child Left Behind Act's adequate yearly progress benchmark for 2010-11 after falling short for the previous school year.

School board member Dayna Miller praised the schools for the achievement.

“That is fabulous,” Miller said. “Good job.”

The district's preliminary AYP projections have, in the past, always held true when the formal results have been announced the following fall, Boyd said Wednesday.

Though some segments of students did not score proficient on the state assessments at the required rate for AYP, Boyd said, the district is still projected to make it thanks to the confidence interval provided by NCLB, which gives some groups of students a bit of leeway because of sampling error, small sample sizes and other statistical issues.

For instance, Boyd said, fifth-graders and fourth-graders at Linwood Elementary School missed the AYP rate in reading and math, respectively, by fractions of a percentage point. As those classes consist of only about 20 students, he said, that difference could be caused by just one incorrect answer from one student, and the confidence interval allows for that.

Other action

The meeting began with presentations of certificates to BLMS library media specialist Jeff Stromme and LES fourth-grade teacher Michelle Riffel for 25 years of service in the district.

The board also approved, by a 6-0 vote, each of the following actions:

• The district's new agreement with the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative.

• A beverage vendor contract with the Pepsi Beverages company, which will pay the district $4,500 per year.

• School fees for 2011-12, which will be unchanged from 2010-11.

• The installation of a new scoreboard for the BLHS football field from Athco, L.L.C., at the cost of $15,970.

• A bid for repairs for the parking lots at BLHS, Basehor Elementary School, Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and the district office by Complete Pavement Maintenance, at the cost of $51,772.

• The republication of the district's 2010-11 budget, to correct the amount of money that will flow through the district's account from the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.

• The appointment of Lucas Roberts as BLHS custodian and the resignations of Robert Reeves as BLHS industrial arts teacher, Brenda Morgison as BES fourth-grade teacher, Tiffany Russell as physical education teacher at BLMS and LES and Robin Runnels, library aide at BLHS and BLMS.

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