Archive for Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Board approves of KASB review of district policy

January 14, 2004

Scott Lauridsen thinks a full board policy audit is in the Baldwin School District's best interest.

"I think it's worth it," Lauridsen said. "I think it's worth it to get us up to the point where we needed to be awhile ago."


The rest of the Baldwin Board of Education agreed with the first-year board member and was in favor of allowing the Kansas Association of School Boards to complete a full review of the district's board policy.

At Monday's school board meeting, board members unanimously approved to allow KASB to complete a policy audit for $7,500.

At last month's meeting, the board agreed it was in favor of the review as long as the cost did not exceed $4,000.

Though the cost exceeded the initial OK'd amount by $3,500, board members said Monday they still thought it would be best for the district to complete the policy review.

"I think it's a good investment," Board Member Stacy Cohen said. "I think in the long run, it's going to save us a lot of money and aggravation."

Board Member Lonnie Broers had stated at an earlier meeting that he thought it would be too time consuming for the board to complete the review itself section by section, and it would be more beneficial to have KASB complete the audit.

The board's decision for the policy review comes following a months-long controversial debate about a book being used in a high school classroom, in part because the district's policy was unclear regarding instructional materials.

Board President Ed Schulte said a committee comprised of board members, district faculty and patrons is currently working on a policy revision regarding media and curricular materials.

In other business, the school board:

  • Approved in a 7-0 vote the district's mission, vision and values statement.

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