Archive for Tuesday, April 12, 2011

USD 348 Board of Education meeting recap

April 12, 2011

Several items, including a Baldwin High School girls’ soccer program and transportation policy change, were addressed Monday night at the USD 348 Board of Education meeting.

Here are notes from the meeting:

BHS girls soccer program

The school board approved a motion, which allow BHS Activities Director Gary Stevanus to start scheduling for a girls’ soccer team in the spring of 2012. This decision came after a lengthy discussion and nine patrons speaking in favor of the program during the public comment portion of the meeting.

The school board didn’t approve the program, because it wanted to review the policy for adding new sports or programs. Several board members said they were on board for adding the program, but wanted to do it the right way with the policy.

If it’s added, parents will fully fund the program for the first three years. Then the board will review the program and decide whether or not to add it to the district’s activities.

There will be a full story on this topic in Thursday’s Signal.

Transportation policy recommendation

A big change could be coming to the USD 348’s transportation policy. Supt. Paul Dorathy reported that the transportation committee has recommended that the school board stop allowing busing for students that live inside Baldwin’s city limits.

The change would save the district between $20,000 and $30,000 next year. The school board scheduled a special meeting for the public to give input on this recommendation. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Monday at the District Office.

There will also be a full story on this transportation recommendation.

All-day kindergarten fees

The final action from the board came regarding next year’s all-day kindergarten classes. The board approved a flat, monthly fee for parents, instead of paying by school days, which happened this year.

The full rate will be $240 per month. The parents that are approved for reduced lunches will pay $120 and parents that are approved for free lunches will be changed $60 per month.


greyghost 7 years, 2 months ago

It's hilarious that the current board did not cut in-town busing in the past. I mean "All options must be on the table for cuts!" sure sounds great and meaningful when you say it, but isn't worth jack shat in reality. I point my finger at all of you.

"All options" doesn't just mean closing to well-run, efficient rural schools (then spending the money on other things). It means you actually need to look at the entire budget and cut the fat. Being bused four blocks home is about as fat as you can get ..... literally, for some. I remember causing quite an uproar with some board members. I remember their plea for understanding that everything is being looked at for the sake of budget cuts. The ONLY thing that has been anted up is the closure of the rural schools. Is that EVERYTHING? That's it? Case closed?

I hope the newly elected board members don't just show up at meetings and stare at their laptops (or nap). I hope they can actually reduce the waste that is in this district -- waste that no one wants to admit is here.

Thank you to the new transportation director for the keen suggestion to stop this squandering of funds for the select few in-town kids. The district will be $20 to $30 K the better! (But, ultimately, I wonder where that money will be re-directed)


dentallover 7 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Dorathy and BOE you guys are taking alot of crap!!! I know it is hard with people rashing out at you and your families but you are doing a fine job and doing the best you can with what you have to work with. Keep it up! People will soon learn they are not in the education field and do not understand what is going on.


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