Schools and education

Baldwin board agrees to support shared-use trail to BESIC
December 16, 2014
The Baldwin school board agreed Monday to put some added money into a sidewalk to the school along U.S. Highway 56 in the hopes of leveraging additional dollars from Douglas County for the project. Baldwin City Councilwoman Christi Darnell brought the issue to the board, with a request it add to the $20,000 it has budgeted for the project that would construct 2,000 feet of new sidewalk next spring from Eleventh Street to the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center.
Baldwin school board agrees to sell Vinland Elementary
December 16, 2014
The Baldwin school board voted 6-1 Monday to sell the closed Vinland Elementary School with the four parties who have made offers on the property invited to submit sealed bids by noon Jan. 5.
Baker graduates told they have critical thinking, communication skills to succeed
December 14, 2014
Standing early Sunday afternoon outside of the Collins Center soon after he received his bachelor’s of arts degree from Baker University, Christian Allen suddenly realized his day had another significance.
Baldwin school board agenda, Dec. 15
December 8, 2014
Meeting to be at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, at Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center
Baldwin school board broaches sale of vacant mid-town lot
December 2, 2014
Although a Nov. 21 Baldwin school board special meeting was called to consider an offer for the closed Vinland Elementary School, board members signaled a willingness to sell other piece of surplus property.
Grant for playground equipment step toward all-day program at Baldwin City’s Rainbow Experience Preschool
November 24, 2014
A grant awarded Rainbow Experience Preschool last week is a step toward big changes for the 51-year-old Baldwin City nonprofit. Jamie Davis, chairperson of the Rainbow Experience Preschool Board of Directors, said Rainbow received a $15,000 grant from the LiveWell Lawrence Coalition at a Friday banquet that is to be used to help pay for new playground equipment, which she said would be placed to the west of the preschool at the northwest corner of Sixth and Baker streets.
Lunch buddy program helps autistic BJHS student find acceptance
November 24, 2014
Seventh-grader Tate Smith sees it as no big deal that he and his Baldwin Junior High School lunch buddies were featured on People Magazine’s online edition. “Look, that was only one magazine,” he said last Thursday. Jordan Barth, Jason Brown, Aubrey Dechant and Ethan Eckman, BJHS seventh-graders who eat regularly with their classmate as part of a lunch buddy program, shared his relaxed attitude for their sudden media fame.
Board asks for more information before making decision on Vinland offer
November 23, 2014
At a special meeting Friday, the Baldwin school board tabled a decision on what is now two offers for the closed Vinland Elementary School. In doing so, the board asked for information at its December meeting on “realistic”uses the district could make of the Vinland building and the cost of purchasing and setting up portable classrooms.
Baldwin school board tables decision on offer for Vinland school
November 21, 2014
At a special meeting Friday, the Baldwin school board tabled a decision on what is now two offers for the closed Vinland Elementary School. In doing so, the board asked for information at its December meeting on “realistic”uses the district could make of the Vinland building and the cost of purchasing and setting up portable classrooms.
Baldwin High School students to present ‘Guys and Dolls’
November 18, 2014
Unusual circumstances prompted Katherine Cook to select the classic “Guys and Dolls” as this fall’s Baldwin High School musical. “It’s a guys’ show,” said Cook, the musical’s faculty director. “It has lots of great guy parts. Most years, we struggle to get boys out for the musical, but this year we have all these boys who can sing and dance and this has a lot of song-and-dance numbers.”
Baldwin board calls special meeting for Friday to discuss Vinland Elmentary offer
03:00 p.m., November 18, 2014 Updated 02:59 p.m.
The Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education will meet Friday to discuss an offer to buy the closed Vinland Elementary School.
Baldwin High School principal proposes voluntary ACT prep course
November 18, 2014
In a presentation to the school board Monday, Baldwin High School Principal Rob McKim said the best way to improve ACT scores in the district was to enroll more students in the high school’s more challenging courses.
Baldwin school board starts discussion of how to respond to possible state cuts
November 18, 2014
The Baldwin school board took time Monday to start discussion on how the district would respond to a cut in the amount in budgeted state aid for the current school year. Superintendent Paul Dorothy said there remained a lot of uncertainty concerning possible responses to the state’s woeful financial picture and it wasn’t yet known if the state would be forced to reduce funding for K-12 education.
Patron approaches Baldwin school district about buying Vinland Elementary
November 11, 2014
Although there is as yet nothing on the table, the Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education has indicated a willingness to listen to what an interested buyer would offer for the closed Vinland Elementary School. Last month, Superintendent Paul Dorathy told the board a district patron had approached him about purchasing the closed school.
Baldwin High School principal asked to bring recommendation for ACT prep class
October 21, 2014
Baldwin High School Principal Rob McKim was instructed Monday to bring back a recommendation to the district school board about how his school should offer an ACT Test preparation class for the 2015-16 academic year.

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