School Board in Brief
The school board approved holding Baldwin High School graduation at 11 a.m. May 19 at Baker University's Liston Stadium.
The location is a change from the Baldwin Junior High School gymnasium, which will be used in the event of rain. Members of the graduating class and parents requested the move to Liston Stadium, where more seating would be available. The senior class has 116 students. An average graduating class is 80-90 students.
A committee of seniors and parents recommended the time and location for graduation at the request of the school board. The committee surveyed the senior class and parents.
The committee also will assist the school board work out other graduation details. Among concerns are how to set up the stadium, handicap accessibility, and the issuing of tickets in the event of an indoor graduation.
Chris Brown, president of the senior class and student council, said the committee discussed giving every student 15 tickets if graduation is moved inside. Relatives and friends with tickets would be able to sit in the gymnasium. Those without tickets would be able to watch the ceremony on TV in the BJHS auditorium if the gymnasium is full.
The school board voted against changing its football district from four teams to eight teams. School boards across the state were asked to vote on the issue.
The change to eight teams has been a discussion item for the board of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. The initiative comes mostly from schools in western Kansas that want to increase their competition. Having eight-team districts would also allow the top two teams in each district make the state playoffs. In the four-team system, one team makes the playoffs.
However the change would put an end to most Frontier League play.