Schools and education

Baldwin district having sale at Vinland school on Saturday
March 24, 2015
Those looking for a small desk or a “cute” little chair, are invited to shop Saturday morning at the old Vinland Elementary School. Baldwin school district financial director Cynde Frick said those items at Vinland unclaimed by district teachers and principals would be for sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school. She and district facilities director Chuck James would run the sale.
Baldwin district to survey parents about increased in-town busing fee
March 24, 2015
The Baldwin school district in the next month will survey those parents paying for in-town busing to learn how many would retain the service should its price increase three-fold. For four years, the school board has debated maintaining in-town busing as state funding has failed to keep up with the district’s increased costs.
Timely bond refinance to help Baldwin district deal with block grant cuts
March 24, 2015
Thanks to a timely bond refinancing, the Baldwin school district will see level funding for the next two years with no additional demands on taxpayers. At the Baldwin school board meeting on Monday, Baldwin Superintendent Paul Dorathy and district financial director Cynde Frick updated the board on the consequences of the school finance block grants that are about to replace the state’s 22-year-old school finance plan.
Valuation notices sent out to Douglas County property owners
March 17, 2015
Baldwin City officials are hoping to see a reversal of a recent trend with the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office mailing 2015 change in valuations notices March 1 to county property owners. Specifically, city officials want to see the city’s overall property evaluation increase and put an end to five years of stagnation or decline that began with the start of the recession in 2008.
Baldwin High School musicans chill on State Honor Band experience
March 10, 2015
More than a week after playing in the State Honor Band, two Baldwin High School students say the experience still gives them chills. “I get goosebumps just talking about it,” senior Kymbr Simmons said Monday. “It was a week ago and when I think about it, I still get chills.
Block grant proposal would cost Baldwin schools $100,000
March 10, 2015
The plan of Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders to fund K-12 education through block grants will reduce state funding to Baldwin USD 348 by $100,000 the current school year and require a local mill levy increases to avoid passing on a similar cuts to the district’s budget the next two years, Baldwin Superintendent Paul Dorathy said.
March 23 Baldwin Board of Education agenda
March 9, 2015
Baldwin Unified School District Board of Education March 23 agenda 6:30 p.m., Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center, 500 Lawrence St.
Baldwin board, council oppose proposed changes to local elections
February 17, 2015
The Baldwin school board and Baldwin City Council have added their voices to the list of municipalities and school boards publicly opposing proposed changes to local elections. Bills were introduced in the Kansas House and Senate this session that would move the date of city and school board elections, which are now held in April of odd-numbered years.
Four possible parking lot sites near BJHS/BHS campus reviewed
February 17, 2015
The Baldwin school board was given several options to consider Monday should it want to increase parking at the Baldwin junior high and high school campus. Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the discussion of parking lot options developed from the board’s ongoing update of the district’s facility plan, which will define the future needs and uses of USD 348 buildings and properties.
Baldwin board asks for spending cuts to help cover slash in state funding
February 17, 2015
The Baldwin school board directed administration Monday to find cuts to approved spending to help address the Kansas Legislature’s reduction of current year K-12 education funding. Baldwin Superintendent Paul Dorathy and district financial director Cynde Frick told the board that the Legislature reduced current K-12 funding in response to the state’s $344 million 2015 fiscal year revenue shortfall. The adjustment would cost the Baldwin district $75,000.
Baldwin USD 348 Feb. 16 school board agenda
February 10, 2015
BALDWIN CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 348 6:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Elementary Primary Center
500 Lawrence Street

Quick-thinking school bus driver, neighbor save rural Baldwin City home
January 29, 2015
School bus drivers are often asked to take on the duties of nurses, confidants and disciplinarians in the course of driving their routes. Thursday morning, Tammy Ritter, a bus driver with the Baldwin City school district, took on another role — that of firefighter.
One Baldwin school board seat to be contested this spring
January 27, 2015
With the terms of four Baldwin school board members set to expire at the send of their terms on July 1, there was the chance before Tuesday’s filing deadline that the board might soon look very different. Short of successful write-in campaigns, that won’t happen. Two incumbent board members who chose to stand for re-election, Nick Harris in District 1, Position 1 and Sandy Chapman in District 2, Position 2, will be unopposed on the April 7 general election ballot. First-time board candidate Kelley Bethell-Smith will also be unopposed for the board’s at-large seat Sheryl Gill currently holds.
Depression, mental health theme of this year’s Baldwin High School diversity day
January 27, 2015
Baldwin High School senior Kassadie Burton knows what it is like to be different. She’s the starting pitcher for the Baldwin High School softball team, the manager for the football team, a member of numerous clubs and usually upbeat and fun-loving in public, Burton said. But she said there was another side to the outward appearance she presented the world.