Archive for Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ACT scores discussed at Basehor school board meeting

September 11, 2013

Basehor-Linwood High School’s composite ACT score has increased for the third consecutive year, and specifics of the 2012-13 test results were discussed in detail at Monday’s school board meeting.

BLHS finished above state and national averages in three of four subjects included on the test. Of the 100 students to take the test, 85 percent produced college-ready results in English — the highest percentage in any subject. The statewide average was 72 percent and the national average was 64 percent.

Sixty percent of BLHS test-takers were deemed college ready in reading, 55 percent in math and 40 in science. Science was only subject in which they finished lower than the state average (42 percent).

In other business, the board:

• Saw a video presentation about the BLHS science department incorporating technology into its classrooms. Laptops and iPads are shared among six classrooms. Many traditional science assignments, such as dissections and gravity experiments, are now available in a virtual format.

• Heard an update in enrollment numbers for the 2013-14 academic year. As of Monday, there was a collective increase of 82 students at the elementary schools, middle school and high school. An official count will be taken Sept. 23.

• Heard a fall participation count for sports and music classes at the middle and high schools. This fall, 52.7 percent of eligible middle school students are involved in sports and 67.3 percent are involved in music classes. Meanwhile, 35.6 percent of high school students are involved in sports and 35.3 percent in music.

• Learned that Basehor-Linwood Virtual School director Nicole Hodges has been selected as a virtual program representative on the Kansas State Department of Education’s virtual education advisory council. Hodges was nominated by superintendent David Howard.

• Voted, 6-0, to appoint Howard as the district’s transportation supervisor.

• Voted, 6-0, to approve out-of-state travel requests for the BLHS marching band and classes at Glenwood Ridge and Linwood elementary schools. All three groups have trips to Missouri planned this year.

• Voted, 6-0, to approve the retirement of custodian Judy Jennings.

• Voted, 6-0, to approve appointments of Sara Bowers, part-time BLMS counseling secretary; Dawn Koester, part-time LES classroom aide; Courtney Wiehe, part-time BES classroom aide; and Sarah Homan, BLMS family and consumer science (FACS) and reading teacher.

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