Archive for Monday, August 13, 2012

Basehor-Linwood budget lowers mill levy slightly

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.

August 13, 2012

With the 2012-13 school year set to begin in a few days, the Basehor-Linwood school board on Monday approved a budget for the year that will decrease property owners’ tax burden slightly.

After a budget hearing during which no one spoke, the board approved a budget, 7-0, that will decrease the district’s mill levy by about .08 mills, bringing the levy just below 61 mills.

A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed property valuation.

Superintendent David Howard said the district was able to decrease the levy despite a decrease in its total property valuation.

Also during Monday’s school board meeting:

• Sixth-graders at Basehor-Linwood Middle School won’t be the only students in the district to make use of new Apple iPads in the classroom this year, after the board approved, 7-0, a $5,000 grant to purchase 11 of the tablet devices for students at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School.

The grant will come from the Alex Ross and Richard M. Ross Jr. Family Fund.

The iPads will be kept at the school and available for use by all students.

The BLMS sixth-graders, meanwhile, will each receive an iPad for his or her own use all year.

• Howard proposed that the district develop a health and wellness program for its staff, saying healthier teachers might perform better in the classroom.

“If teachers feel better, they potentially use less sick days,” Howard said. “They potentially feel better about coming to work — more energized, etc.”

He said he may ask an administrative committee to help form some plans, possibly allowing teachers times to access the Health and Wellness Center at Basehor-Linwood High School or take weekly workout classes at one of the school buildings.

Howard also detailed a few ways that students will be getting healthier this year, as new federal nutrition guidelines come into effect. Last year, if students’ parents fell behind on lunch payments, the students would receive peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; this year, it will be fruit and carrots. Last year, students would pour ketchup or mustard out of bottles; this year, they’ll be alloted only a certain number of condiment packets with their meals.

• The board approved, 7-0, the hirings of Zach Mann as BLHS assistant football coach, LeAnn Stewart as BLHS registrar, Renee Lee as art teacher at Basehor Elementary and Intermediate schools and Arthur Bender as custodian at BIS; and the resignations of Peter Mann, BLMS custodian, and Lesa Taylor, BLHS registrar.

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