USD 348 Board of Education meeting recap
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.