Archive for Wednesday, May 10, 2000

School board briefs

May 10, 2000

Schools soar through recent NCA visit

Baldwin Junior High School, Baldwin Elementary School, Vinland Elementary School and Marion Springs Elementary School received outstanding marks from three-member North Central Accreditation teams April 20-May 1.

The teachers and staff involved in the evaluation of five years of work were recognized at Monday night's board meeting. The BES committee presented a video of their school's accomplishments at the meeting.

"They received some very flattering comments and received outstanding marks," said Supt. James White. "Our staff put in an incredible amount of time."

Block scheduling gets BHS trial

A committee that has studied block scheduling at Baldwin High School and initiated three trials schedules at the school made a recommendation to the board for the 2000-2001 school year. The schedule of three seven-period days and two block-days was a compromise of committee members, said BHS science teacher Jason Broaddus.

"The block is all about allowing teachers and students to do different things in a longer period of time," said Broaddus, who has taught in a block schedule in another district.

The block schedule days will allow longer teaching times 90 minutes, versus 55 minute and will include a seminar and activity hour.

"It is a work in progress and is not set in stone," Broaddus said of the new schedule.

The board gave its nod to the schedule.

"I do think there are some labs that by the time you get everything set up and get on track, it is time to drop everything and go to another subject area," said Chris Ogle.

BHS handbooks get OK from board

The BHS student handbook was approved by the board. White said the changes were minor. However, he noted a change to the school dress code, as suggested by school resource officer Mike Gammage.

White said the section of the handbook targets clothing that could conceal a weapon, such as a trench coat. It reads: "clothing that could lead to unsafe situations or could conceal unauthorized items will not be tolerated."

"They are trying to discourage wear like that because of weapons," said BHS principal Joe Gresnick.

Special ed co-op looking for space

The special education co-op, which includes the Baldwin, Wellsville and Eudora school districts, is looking for classroom and meeting space for its severe behavior disorder program next year.

White said a couple of classrooms and a meeting area are needed, located in one of the districts.

"We are finding it hard to find a place," White said.

A church or office building could be possibilities, he said.

Toot hired as basketball coach

The board approved several hirings following an executive session Monday night, including Eric Toot as head girls BHS basketball coach. Toot teaches social studies at Baldwin Junior High School.

Other hirings include: David Theis, BHS science teacher; Brenda Shawley, BJHS physical education/health teacher; Ronda Schulte, BJHS seventh grade language arts teacher; Kathy Johansen, BJHS sixth grade teacher; Gina Hill, BES fourth-grade teacher; Julie Schrum, BES kindergarten teacher; Lori Krysztof, BES kindergarten teacher; John Gottstein, buildings and grounds supervisor, and Tanya Hemphill, BES food service.

Resignation were as follows: Becky Cook, BJHS language arts teacher; Shelly Arnold, Marion Springs second grade teacher; Pat Wittry, BHS spanish teacher, and Jodie Eldridge, BHS vocal teacher, BHS musical director.

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