Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

Board hires Moseman as BHS principal

May 11, 2006

A long, exhaustive meeting that began Monday evening with many topics of discussion, ended early Tuesday morning with the Baldwin Board of Education agreeing on a contract for a new Baldwin High School principal.

At 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, the school board voted 7-0 to offer a contract to Shaun Moseman, principal of the Science Engineering Technology Academy at Junction City High School.

"I think he will be a very good fit," Supt. James White said. "He was very impressive in the interview. He has a lot of experience with instructional leadership. I think the committee was excited to have someone with his experience become our high school principal."

Moseman has seven years experience as an administrator in the Junction City school district. Tuesday morning the contract was sent to Moseman, who was expected to return it very soon.

Moseman received his Bachelor's Degree in mathematics from Fort Hays State University in 1990. He then received his Master's Degree in educational administration from Southwest Missouri State University in 1993.

Board Member Scott Lauridsen said the executive session discussion was productive and he was happy with the choice for the BHS principal.

"I think we had a very good discussion," Lauridsen said. "I know there were some comments about the process we were going to undertake. I don't think we ended up following that process, but I was comfortable that our new superintendent was involved and we had a very diverse search committee."

White said the search for a new BHS principal was handled fairly smoothly.

"We advertised the position on the Kansas Employment Network and in the Lawrence Journal-World," White said. "We accepted applications until a closing date. Then we reviewed all of the applications and selected six to come in for interviews. Then that committee got their heads together to talk about those interviews."

Moseman replaces current BHS principal Allen Poplin who the board chose not to renew a contract with a month ago.

During the nearly seven-hour meeting, various topics were discussed. Those ranged from policy review to sports uniform rotation to a joint meeting with the Baldwin City Council and Baldwin City Recreation Commission.

One subject that was once again brought up was the update from the facility committee. White presented the board with the latest scenario of facility changes, which was created last week at the committee meeting. The recommendations were presented to the board only as information and the no action was taken on the proposal.

"I think it's very progressive, but very do-able," White said. "It should serve as a good long-rang plan for the district for the long haul. It should give us a nice plan to work from."

The scenario would build a new high school south and west of the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center. The plans for the building would include a performing arts/auditorium area, competition gymnasium, practice football and soccer fields and a practice track.

Then Baldwin Junior High School would move into the current BHS building. BJHS would retain the option to use the auditorium and gym in the current junior high for events and activities.

The District Office would then move into the current BJHS building, which would be converted into a community center with meeting rooms and space for the recreation commission.

The 700 block of the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center that holds the District Office and Rainbow Experience Preschool would be demolished. A new BESPC would be built with safety conscious pick-up and drop-off areas for students. Once that was built, the current BESPC building between Sixth and Seventh streets would be demolished.

"I think it was definitely something worth considering," Lauridsen said. "It rationalized the community center and the primary center in a way we hadn't even thought about. I think it encompassed a bunch of things we had been talking about separately."

After delaying action for a couple months, the school board finally started its policy review. The school board met with Paul Getto, Kansas Association of School Boards policy specialist, on March 27 to see how its policies compared to KASB's.

On Monday, the board voted 7-0 to adopt the KASB policy and create a review group. Board Member Ruth Barkley will head the small group that will compare the old policy with the new and suggest changes where they are needed.

"They (KASB) have put a lot of time and effort into those policies, and also a lot of legal opinion," White said. "The board chose to adopt the policies recommended by KASB."

Other action taken by the board included the BHS uniform rotation. The board voted 7-0 to adopt the schedule that BHS athletic director Gary Stevanus recommended at the last meeting.

The schedule will now be on a four-year rotation. The first year will see new uniforms for softball, wrestling, cheerleading, girls' tennis and girls' track and cross county.

"I think it's a good plan to get us started on," Lauridsen said. "All of the coaches are in agreement. This will get us rolling."

The school board also voted unanimously to accept the wellness policy that Deb Ehling-Gwin, BESPC principal, brought to the board.

"The Legislature has now required all school districts to develop a wellness policy for implementation by Aug. 1 of this year," White said.

Before heading into executive session, White informed the board about the joint meeting with the city council and recreation commission.

The meeting is set for 8 p.m. May 22 at the District Office.

"I think there will be several issues that may come up in that meeting," White said. "Certainly facilities will be one. The baseball and softball fields will be another. The third that may come up will be Jeff King's consultant report. There may be other items that come up during the course of the meeting."

The last piece of business at Monday's meeting was to accept the personnel report with a 7-0 vote.

The resignations included Joshua Abel (BHS/BJHS vocal music teacher), Heath Cooper (BHS science teacher and boys' basketball coach) and Kimberly Barraclough (BESPC first-grade teacher).

There were six hirings on the report. Those were Juli O'Mealey-Hossain (BHS vocal music teacher), Deborah Kalkman (BJHS language arts teacher), Elizabeth Smith (BJHS at-risk/vocal music teacher), Blayne Leonard (Marion Springs Elementary School second grade teacher), Chris Bulgren (MSES and Vinland Elementary School vocal music teacher) and Regina Roberts (BJHS night custodian).

The board will next meet at 7 p.m. May 22 to further discuss items brought up at Monday's meeting. Then they will meet at 8 p.m. May 22 with the city council and recreation commission.

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