School board discusses emergency plan, new class
Superintendent David Howard updated school board members Monday on the district’s emergency operations plan, saying the plan is continually improved and adapted to a multitude of scenarios.
“This is something that is ongoing,” Howard said.
Howard said a team of district staff works with Leavenworth County Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Magaha to plan and train for scenarios ranging from environmental disasters to intruders entering schools. Throughout the year, students and staff practice drills to prepare for scenarios laid out in the emergency operations plan.
Also at the meeting Monday night:
• Howard congratulated Basehor-Linwood Middle School Principal Mike Wiley on winning Exemplary Middle School Principal of the Year by Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators.
• Wiley updated board members on the progress of planning the new eighth-grade career course. Wiley said students will attend the class every other day throughout the entire school year, and curriculum will include learning style inventories, personality trait tests, the ACT Explore exam, personal interest inventories, financial literacy, career exploration and more. The course is still in the planning stage, but board members agreed Wiley should start the search for a new teacher for the course to find the best candidate.
• Howard presented the proposed schedule for the 2013-14 school year. The only major change is adding a second day of parent teacher conferences for Basehor Elementary School and moving the second half day of the year to the last day of school.
• Board members discussed Trinity Family Learning Center’s request to lease space in Linwood Elementary School to offer reduced-cost daycare for families that qualify.
“I believe we have the space,” Howard said. “I believe there’ s a need down there.”
Howard said he talked to the district’s lawyer about any potential problems of having a faith-based organization within a school, but was reassured it shouldn’t be a problem if they’re leasing.
• Howard announced January as Board Appreciation Month and thanked board members for their service.
• Howard updated the board on custodial and maintenance work that was completed during winter break. Maintenance crews painted the health and wellness center at Basehor-Linwood High School and retiled and painted kindergarten restrooms at BES. Howard also told members the flooring in the health and wellness center will be redone for a third time at no cost to the school because the floor has become slippery. The company will probably replace the floor in May, Howard said.
• Board members renewed Howard and Assistant Superintendent Mike Boyd’s contracts through 2014-15.
• Howard updated the board on the status of health insurance renewals and said Coventry, the district’s current provider, wants to increase rates 14 percent. Other providers’ bids came back with increases of 5 to 6 percent, he said, so now the district will start the negotiation process.
• The board approved the appointments of Brian Edwards as custodian and Patricia Rives as food service. It also approved the resignations of Chandler King, custodian; Denis Rockers, maintenance; and Breanne Billings-Rischar, Glenwood Ridge Elementary School grade four.
• The board entered executive session for 30 minutes to discuss nonelected personnel.