Archive for Monday, July 9, 2012

USD 458 school board’s schedule calls for no meetings in Linwood

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.

July 9, 2012

If the schedule holds, the Basehor-Linwood school board will have each of its regular monthly meetings in 2012-13 in Basehor —and none in Linwood.

The board approved, 4-3, a schedule that sets each month’s meeting for the district offices in Basehor, despite objections from the two board members who live near Linwood. Those two members, Eric Dove and Gary Johnson, voted against the schedule, along with member Richard Zamora.

In 2011-12, the board met three of 12 times in a multipurpose room at Linwood Elementary School.

Member Jeané Redmond said she’d monitored how many patrons from the Linwood area attended each of the Linwood meetings, and she counted only one. Though she noted that few patrons attended any of the board’s meetings, she said it was doing little good for the board to meet in Linwood, especially considering the extra work required by staff to move equipment there for each meeting.

“Why are we having them in Linwood if we’re accommodating the patrons but none come to the meetings?” Redmond said.

But Dove said the district still owed its Linwood-area patrons the chance to come to a meeting nearby if they needed to.

“It’s a two-town district,” Dove said. “We should have some meetings down in the second town.”

Board President Dayna Miller noted that the approval of the schedule would not preclude the board from moving any meetings to Linwood later on.

Also during Monday’s board meeting:

• Superintendent David Howard said he expects the mill levy in the district’s 2012-13 budget to remain the same as it was in 2011-12, helped by a $58-per-pupil funding increase from the state.

Howard said the budget projected an enrollment increase of about 50 students, which he said could be a conservative estimate.

“I see homes being built,” Howard said.

• The board re-elected Dayna Miller as its president for 2012-13, 7-0, and elected Jeané Redmond its new vice president in a 4-3 vote between her and Eric Dove, who was vice president in 2011-12.

• The board approved the appointments of DeAngelo Brooks as assistant football coach at Basehor-Linwood Middle School and Mauren McNary as a half-time cheerleading coach at Basehor-Linwood High School, as well as the resignations of Alyssa Rogers as art teacher at Basehor Elementary School and Basehor Intermediate School and Tressa Flinner as a custodian at Basehor Intermediate School, all by 7-0 votes.

• The board approved, 7-0, changes to the student handbook.

In its first meeting of the 2012-13 school year, the board made a number of state-required actions and appointments for the year, each 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.

• Appointed the law firm McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips of Kansas City, Kan., to remain the district’s legal counsel.

• 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 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.

• Approved membership in the Kansas Association of School Boards and its legal assistance fund.

• Approved inclement weather makeup days, 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; Chenoweth as the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System representative; board members Miller and Shelley Stevens 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; 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.

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