Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2004

School board seeks new member to fill Cohen’s seat

March 11, 2004

The Baldwin Board of Education is now accepting applications for a new board member.

Stacy Cohen announced at Monday's board meeting that she will vacate her seat on the school board after the April 12 meeting, which means the school district needs to have her replacement lined up by the May meeting.

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Cohen, who was elected in 2003, told the school board earlier in the year that she would have to resign from her two-year position because she is moving to Lawrence.

Supt. James White said whomever fulfills Cohen's remaining year of her term must be selected from the same district -- District No. 3 -- which means applicants for the board opening must live in the area west and south of the U.S. Highway 56 and Sixth Street intersection.

Applications for the board position will be accepted this month. Information about the applicants will be presented to the board at the April meeting. Board President Ed Schulte said the new board member would be selected at the May meeting, when the position is officially vacated by Cohen.

Those interested in filling the board position need to submit letters of intent to Schulte and the district office. Those with questions can call the district office at 594-2721.

In other business, the school board:

  • Approved in a 7-0 vote the purchase of high school Prentice Hall Literature text books for nearly $14,000.
  • Discussed the amount the district charges for use of school facilities for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

The junior high and high school administrators said requests for use of the school facilities come on a daily basis. They said often the fees the district currently charges do not cover all of the expenses, including overtime for custodians and wear and tear on the facilities.

White told the board members the district couldn't charge higher fees for for-profit groups because of the district's tax exempt status, but board members were concerned about the groups making profit, but only paying nominal fees for use of the facilities.

The board members had several questions they wanted White to find answers for before a decision is made about the fees.

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