School board briefs
District purchases Macintosh computers
The Baldwin school board approved the purchase of 160 Macintosh computers Monday night. The district expects to spend about $70,000 a year for three years on 100 iBooks, 40 iMacs and 20 iMacs with video input. The district will not be charged interest on the computers.
District computer coordinator Steve Hemphill said the iBooks, which are notebook computers, will be distributed between the district's five schools. The notebook computers will be mobile and be able to connect to the Internet and the computer network using wireless technology.
Supt. James White said the purchase fits in the district's technology budget.
Board selects project architect
After hearing presentations from three architectural firms in May, the school board unanimously selected Frangkiser Hutchens, a firm with an office in Leawood, to develop a master plan of the district's building needs.
Frangkiser Hutchens specializes in school facilities, and services include developing a master plan for the district through district and community input.
The master plan runs $7,500-$10,000, according to the firm. White expects initial work would begin immediately, with completion within six months.
Board member Lonnie Broers suggested the board consider a plan that extends 15-20 years into the future.
"A 10-year plan goes pretty quick, really," Broers said. "I think we should look at something further down the road than 10 years."
The board was considering several, self-planned projects over the next five years including additions to Baldwin Junior High School, Vinland Elementary School and Baldwin High School before deciding to seek a professional opinion through a master plan.
Hollis & Miller, Overland Park, and Treanor Architects, Lawrence, also gave presentations to the board.
Teacher makes request for Washington D.C. trip
Baldwin High School social studies teacher Kathleen Sigvaldson got approval from the school board to take a group of juniors and seniors to Washington D.C. Jan. 28-Feb.1 as part of the National Close-Up Project.
She said 25 students "definitely want to go," and 21 more would like to. The trip is expected to cost about $1,000 per student. Sigvaldson said fund-raisers will be planned for the trip.
"I have a lot of students who are very interested in this," she said. "They are becoming politically active."
The Close-Up program provides high school students with a "close-up" look at the federal government in action.