Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2010

Third grade moved to BESPC for 2010-2011 school year

Incoming Baldwin City third graders will be attending the new Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center this school year.

Incoming Baldwin City third graders will be attending the new Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center this school year.

July 15, 2010

If last year’s second graders at Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center were hoping to move into a new school this fall, they will be … sort of.

After second grade, students normally leave the BESPC and head to the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center, which houses third through fifth graders. However, that won’t be the case come Aug. 17.

Instead of attending school at the BESIC, the incoming third-grade class will be attending the same school as last year. Except it won’t be the same building. They will be going to school at the new BESPC, which is southwest of the BESIC at the corner of Lawrence and Elm streets. The school board unanimously approved the move Monday night.

“Essentially, the students who completed second grade at the PC this past year will stay there for another year,” Supt. Paul Dorathy said. “We will move them over there, instead of going to the IC. We have some things we need to work out to make it work. Ultimately it came down to those things are things that aren’t insurmountable. Those are things we felt like we could make work. Essentially we are going to get new facilities weighting dollars for at least this next year for those extra third graders in the building.”

At Monday’s meeting, Dorathy said having the third grade students in the new building will bring in around $60,000 of new facility funding for the district this year. If the school board keeps the third graders in the building next year, the new facility funding could generate around $88,000 because of a larger class in second grade this fall.

Moving the four third-grade classrooms to one of the five pods in the new BESPC will bump the Parents as Teachers and Rainbow Experience Preschool from the building. Dorathy and Dan Wallsmith, BESIC principal, said those programs will remain in their current buildings.

“With the way our budget is right now, I think we should take the opportunity to make a move like that if it’s not a significant move,” Dorathy said. “The two programs that are displaced by the move will both stay at the same place they were at this year. We will re-evaluate those programs during this upcoming year to see where they will be.”

Comments

Julie Craig 4 years, 1 month ago

The phrase should read "new facilites weighting dollars." We are not "waiting" for anything except the building to be completed.

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jmyrick 4 years, 1 month ago

You would be correct, sir, good catch. Thanks.

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Stacy Napier 4 years, 1 month ago

But I thought that the old building was not fit or up to codes to use. That is why we had to build a new building.

That was part of the deal. We would have the preschool in the same location and building as the primary center.

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Julie Craig 4 years, 1 month ago

Good point nwyt. I thought the old building was history.

My vote for the "extra" money is: teacher salaries, supplies, textbooks, and technology.

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NanCrisp 4 years, 1 month ago

Jimmie is saying that the 3rd graders will attend school in the NEW BESPC, not the OLD building. It's not very clear, despite numerous attempts within the article to convey the information. The third paragraph (finally) gets the point across:

"Instead of attending school at the BESIC, the incoming third-grade class will be attending the same school as last year. Except it won’t be the same building. They will be going to school at the new BESPC, which is southwest of the BESIC at the corner of Lawrence and Elm streets. ..."

In Reporting 1 at the University of Kansas, one is taught to get the most important point clearly stated in the opening sentences of the article. Useful instruction, and here is a case that makes the point.

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Julie Craig 4 years, 1 month ago

Nan - what nwyt is referring to is the fact that Parents as Teachers and Rainbow Preschool will still be in the old P.C. What about the 4 year olds?

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markdunn 4 years, 1 month ago

Why do we call the buildings when they are already built? Shouldn't we call them builts?

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Torch 4 years, 1 month ago

"teacher salaries, supplies, textbooks, and technology"

I think raising someone's salary and thinking they will perform better is a fallacy.

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Spiderpig 4 years, 1 month ago

Maybe they should get raises since they haven't gotten one for 3 years. Cost of living keeps going up (especially in Baldwin) and their salaries have been frozen. It's tough to keep good teachers around if you don't treat them right.

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