Students, teachers recognized for accomplishments at meeting
Basehor-Linwood School Board members took time to recognize the accomplishments of students and teachers at their meeting Monday night.
The board recognized staff members who have been in education for 25 years, including Glenwood Ridge Elementary School Principal Jan Hancock, special education teacher Mary Beth Nelson and Linwood Elementary School librarian Cynthia Hesser.
Two groups of students also took time to share school projects with board members at the meeting. Basehor-Linwood High School students Paul Rehm and Jared Kenton presented their engineering development and design class project, which recently won first place at the Wichita State University Project Lead The Way competition.
BLHS students Kennedy Bowers, Jacob Cook and Daniel Tady presented their National History Day project on the landmark case Brown versus Board of Education. Alexandria Levinson is also a member of the group but was not present. The four students are currently fundraising to attend the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June, where their project will be displayed in a Smithsonian Museum.
Board member Jeane Redmond was absent.
Also at the meeting, board members:
• Approved renewing its contract with food service provider OPAA!
• Approved meal prices with an increase of five cents per student meal and ten cents per adult meal.
• Approved an out-of-state travel request from students and one staff member to attend the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C.
• Heard resident Sungti Hsu’s request to start a Chinese immersion program in the district. There are four Spanish immersion schools in Kansas but no Chinese programs, Hsu said, and he thinks Basehor is strategically located to have one. Board members agreed to consider the issue, planning to research what kind of grants and funding would be available.
• Approved a memorandum of understanding with Jobs for America’s Graduates to provide a new career program for at-risk students. The district does not pay for the personnel but does provide a classroom.
• Heard annual reports from Parents As Teachers and YouthFriends.
• Adopted curriculum for family and consumer science, physical education and math.
• Presented handbook updates with no major changes. The issue will be voted on at its June meeting.
• Approved capital outlay projects as budget allows.
• Approved the appointments of Rick Bryan, BLHS assistant baseball coach; Joe Zlatnik, BLHS/BLMS social studies; Ashley Driver, BLMS social studies; Eryn Knecht, BLMS art; Brandi Turner, BLMS careers; Molly Bovos, BLHS science; Kelly Courtney, BIS teacher; Tanner Milbourn, LES teacher; Kara Disberger, BLHS Spanish. Approved the resignations of Danny Hermon, GRES second grade, and Molly Herman, Elementary physical education.