Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2012

USD 458 School Board discusses long-range goals

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.

September 12, 2012

The Basehor-Linwood school board discussed its ideas for long-range projects and upgrades to district facilities at its meeting Monday night.

Over the past few years, large projects have included improving athletic facilities and remodeling the kindergarten wing at Basehor Elementary School, but the board members have a long list of improvements they’d still like to see completed.

Remodeling the high school wrestling room and girls’ locker rooms are high on the list, but the school also needs an additional scoreboard for the softball fields and more bleachers at the football stadium, Howard said. And there’s always the need to keep up with the latest technology, he said.

The board plans to discuss capital outlay improvements at future meetings, and Howard said he thinks the district could knock a couple of projects off the list this year.

After briefly discussing eight policies at the board’s August meeting, members unanimously approved the policies, most of which included minor language changes suggested by the state. Ashley Razak, district communications coordinator, said the only significant change was in Policy DC, which accounted for a new whistle-blower provision that encourages complaints or inquiries about illegal practices or policy violations without threat of retaliation.

Also at the meeting, school board members:

• Received reports on the high school’s improving ACT scores, enrollment numbers, fall activity participation and the sixth-grade iPad initiative. Enrollment is currently at 2,006 students, with an additional 166 enrolled in virtual school. About half of all students are participating in sports, bands or clubs this fall.

• Approved the appointments of Dena Duffin, food service; Lisa Smalley, food service; Lavon Wyrick, food service; James Metz, custodian; Lisa Markovich, aide; and Jon Campbell, assistant football coach at Basehor-Linwood Middle School. The board also accepted the resignations of Tammy Bay and Katie Maize in food service.

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