School board approves new fees
Basehor-Linwood Board of Education approved its 2013-2014 fees at its meeting Monday night, with the biggest change being a fee for summer strength and conditioning.
“Our program that we’re offering is so much more than many schools are able to offer in the summer,” Superintendent David Howard said.
The fee will be $40 per student with a cap of $80 per family. Other approved changes include an additional $5 for art, ceramics, industrial arts and ACT prep classes, as well as an extra $5 for yearbooks at Basehor-Linwood High School. Student meal prices will most likely increase 10 cents, Howard said. That increase is based on state aid calculations.
Also at the meeting, board members:
• Learned about the district’s opportunity to participate in Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). The program is run by a nonprofit and works to ensure at-risk students graduate high school by working with community members and business owners to mentor students and encourage them to stay in school.
JAG offered to start programs at only three schools in the state, generally those with higher numbers of drop-outs. Howard said Basehor-Linwood was probably offered the program because the virtual school graduation rates are included in the high school’s, and the virtual school tends to have more students leave a degree incomplete.
The program is little to no cost to the district, Howard said, and 20 to 30 students could benefit from the program. Board members agreed that Howard should continue with the program’s implementation for next fall.
• Received an update on the implementation of Multi-Tier System of Supports, which focuses on improving reading skills in schools by helping not just students who struggle, but also challenges those who excel. Assistant Superintendent Mike Boyd told the board he and school administrators have been assessing current curriculum and resources this year to prepare for full implementation next year.
• Approved the appointments of Ashley Slobodnik, BLMS Spanish; Terry Shumate, custodian; William Osborn, custodian; and Brooke Kueser, BLMS assistant track coach. Accepted the resignations of Mary Susan Cooper, BLMS social studies; Rachel Harlow, LES third grade; and Jessica Schultz, BIS third grade.
Accepted the retirements of Cheri Heer, BIS library aide; Karen Hollenbeck, custodian; and Ron Turner, custodian.
• Met in executive session to discuss matters pertaining to nonelected personnel.