School Board in Brief
to be watched
District officials plan on keeping a closer eye on the electric, water and sewer bills at the request of the school board. Board members review and approve the payment of bills at monthly meetings, and often find themselves questioning why an electric bill has increased several thousand dollars from one month to another particularly at Baldwin High School.
Bret Jones and John Gottstein said usage increases each year and said there are several other possible reasons for the higher bills. They said the electric meter isn't always read on the same day each month. Some bills are for 40 days, and some bills are for 20 days. The high school's heating and cooling system also may be responsible. The two systems work together, and Jones said the air conditioner operates on days that are 55 degrees or warmer.
"We have a lot of stuff going on in our buildings day and night," Jones said.
Jones and Gottstein will continue to monitor utility bills. The district has requested a lower electric rate from the city. However, the city is in the process of making a new rate schedule for its customers, and has not responded to the district's request.
prepares for year
This will be the second year the district has a half-day class for 4-year-olds considered to be at risk. The class is funded through a grant, and prepares the children for kindergarten. District staff involved with the class gave a presentation to the school board Monday night.
"There was a void for 4-year-olds in the district," said Anita Faddis, who assisted with the grant.
The district reaches younger children through the Parents As Teachers program, which is available through age 3.
The district is expecting as many as 26 students this year. To be considered at risk the students are from a single parent home, qualify for free lunch, have a parent who speaks limited English, have an early childhood referral, or have a parent working toward a GED.
Robyn Elder, from the PAT program, said parents are already calling to be placed on a list for next year.
comes to Baldwin
A school for Baldwin, Eudora and Wellsville high school students with behavioral problems will meet in a duplex across from Baldwin Junior High School.
The special education cooperative has been seeking a location for the small group of students, and is still searching for a more appropriate location.
hired by board
Following an executive session Monday night, the board hired the following: Kathy Miller, BJHS librarian; Elaine Corder, School to Career coordinator/director; Angie Lewis, paraprofessional for Marion Springs; Anna Busby, Title I paraprofessional at Baldwin Elementary; T.J. Turner, Baldwin Junior High School assistant volleyball coach; David Theis, Baldwin High School freshman volleyball coach; Jerry Aligo, BHS assistant football coach; Paul Thompson, BHS assistant football coach; David Theis, BHS golf coach; Eric Toot, BJHS intramural coach; Kit Harris, BJHS intramural coach.
The board also met in executive session to discuss land acquisition. No action was taken.