Archive for Wednesday, May 13, 2015

USD 458 receives good bond news

May 13, 2015

It was announced at Monday ’s Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Board of Education meeting that the school board did indeed keep its promise regarding the 2015 bond issue.

District officials had been secure in the estimate that they would not have to give the taxpayers any mill levy increase even with the passing a large bond issue that appeared on the April 7 ballot. Monday, officials said the $16 million bond was locked in at an interest rate of 3.17 percent. Similar to refinancing a house, a portion of the 2015 bond was used to retire the 2005 bond by helping lock-in a lower interest rate, saving taxpayers more than $136,000.

In other school board business, the five-year Easton School Bus contract was approved. The contract will include cameras on all buses. Due to student privacy, parents will not be able to review any footage recorded by the cameras on the bus, and even the police department will only be able to access any footage if a subpoena is issued. In addition, two new buses will be purchased right away, and additional newer buses will be coming to the district in upcoming years.

Updates to the 2015-2016 building handbooks also were discussed. Some proposed changes for the upcoming school year include a parking permit for the high school. A minimal fee for the permit will allow the administration to alert students who may have left their lights on or need to move their vehicle. The proposal is a hang-tag to be displayed on the rearview mirror. This transportable form of parking permit would allow students who perhaps drive more than one car to school to easily move the permit from car to car.

Proposed changes to the middle school handbook include moving the class grade percentage require to participate in sports from 60 percent up to 70 percent. In addition, more electronic reporting will take the place of physical signatures for parents. This will include mid-term reports, parents signing off on schoolwork and eligibility requirements for activities.

Another proposed change to the middle school involves fundraising. The board is currently considering doing away with the current cookie dough and magazine sales and asking parents for a voluntary yearly donation to help support school activities.

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