Archive for Wednesday, June 13, 2001

School board wants more input

June 13, 2001

The Baldwin City Board of Education is going to try it again.

The board agreed Monday night to schedule another community meeting at 8 p.m. June 25 in the Baldwin High School commons area to discuss long-range facilities plans.

There is a special invitation to all Baldwin administrators, teachers, site councils and PTO chairs.

Even though there have already been three informational meetings, turnout was low and board members still want more community feedback.

"I really think we need more input than just our input," school board member Lonnie Broers said.

Supt. James White said despite low turnout at the first three meetings, the school district did get some good input.

"Overall, comments were positive," White said. "The people present showed very strong support."

One of the first decisions the board will have to make before this fall's bond election is whether to construct a new kindergarten through second grade or third grade through fifth grade building.

"Maybe people are waiting for us to decide if it will be a K-2 or 3-5 building," White said. "But we have to do whatever is necessary to pull in more people for input."

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a used 1998 mobile two-classroom unit from Bluestem U.S.D. 205 in Leon, Kan., for $30,000.

The mobile unit will sit in the southwest corner of the Baldwin Junior High School.

The board also had another bid of $50,000 for a two-classroom unit from Resun in Kansas City.

"I think paying $50,000 for a unit is a bit high," White said.

The $30,000 for the mobile unit from U.S.D. 205 does not include moving costs. White said he knew of some companies that would move the mobile unit and would be looking into the additional cost.

After approximately 50 minutes of executive session the board approved several resignations and new employment recommendations.

Resigning are BJHS cheerleading sponsor Sarah Schamle and BHS freshmen boys basketball coach Paul Thompson.

New employee positions include Nanette Kraus as BHS choral accompanist, Kim Sloop as BES full-time reading paraprofessional and early childhood center teacher (summer 2001), Chad Scobey as BJHS assistant football coach, Nick Harris as BJHS head football coach, Jeffrey Haas as BHS social studies teacher and head boys basketball coach, Susan Steel as BHS reading teacher, Karen Cain as BHS business teacher, Tyler Reimer as Marion Springs Elementary School third and fourth grade teacher, Amara Kohn as early childhood center paraprofessional (summer 2001 and school year 2001-02), Lori George as early childhood center director (2001-02) and Tom Mundinger as early childhood center administrator (summer 2002).

The board action accepting Gilbert Osborn's resignation was rescinded because he withdrew his resignation.

In other action the school board:

approved several administrators' and supervisors' salary increases and decreases.

approved the re-appointment of John Griffin as Baldwin City Recreation Commissioner.

deleted the phrase in the BES handbook concerning calling law enforcement when a threat has been made by a student. The board will leave it up to the administration's discretion whether to call law enforcement.

made a formal motion to appear in the minutes requesting the State Board of Education to renew the charter for the Baldwin Experiential Charter School.

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