Schools and education

Baldwin school board makes needed budget adjustment for next school year
April 21, 2015
On Monday, the Baldwin school board completed adjustments needed for the district to balance its 2015-2016 budget with the state’s new block grant school funding legislation. Gov. Sam Brownback signed the block grant K-12 funding legislation into law last month, which will freeze state funding to school districts at 2014-2015 fiscal year levels.
BHS student among Lawrence Journal-World’s academic all-stars
April 13, 2015
Since 1997, the Lawrence Journal-World has invited principals and counselors from public and private schools in the area to nominate their most industrious soon-to-be-graduating students for the annual Academic All-Star team.
Baldwin district not looking to take cost-saving measurers making headlines elsewhere in state
April 12, 2015
Although it has considered them, the Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education apparently won’t take two cost-cutting measurers other state school boards have approved as they deal with the state block grant school funding plan, which will provide no additional state money to help with classroom needs during its two-year duration.
Christie wins another term, three new members elected to Baldwin City Council
April 8, 2015
Baldwin City’s city council, school board elections produced mixed results with an incumbent re-elected to the board and three challengers winning seats on the council over a sitting councilman.
USD 348 at-large board candidate Kelley Bethell-Smith
April 6, 2015
Meet Kelley Bethell-Smith, who is running unopposed for the at-large position on the Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education
Baldwin City to pick 3 council members, 4 board members in Tuesday’s election
March 31, 2015
Baldwin City voters will go to the polls Tuesday to elect three City Council members and four school board members, although there will be only two contests on the local ballot.
Baldwin School Board, District 3, Position 3 candidates
March 31, 2015
Meet the candidates running for the contested Baldwin USD 348 District 3, Position 3 seat.
Baldwin school board special meeting agenda
March 27, 2015
District Office conference room 715 Chapel Street 7 p.m. April 1
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.