Schools and education

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.
Baldwin fourth-grade teammates serious about science fair
January 26, 2015
Fourth-grader Alex Gere’s immediate response after learning the date of this year’s Baldwin Elementary School Science Fair reveals her serious approach to the event. “The first thing I did was Google ‘science fair winners,’” she said.
Official candidates scarce for Baldwin City Council, school board as filing deadline looms
January 21, 2015
Although a number of incumbents have indicated their intent to seek re-election, the only candidate to date to file for the Baldwin City Council or Baldwin school board does not currently hold public office.
Baldwin school board agrees to sell Vinland for high bid of $301,000
January 20, 2015
After opening four sealed bids, the Baldwin school board voted unanimously Tuesday to sell the closed Vinland Elementary School to Darren Flory for $301,000.
Baldwin USD 348 agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 20
January 16, 2015
Meeting moved to Tuesday for MLK Jr. Day
Baldwin superintendent says additional won’t flow immediately from court ruling on education funding
January 6, 2015
Despite last week’s court ruling finding the state’s K-12 education funding constitutionally inadequate, Baldwin USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy doesn’t expect to see additional money coming the district’s way soon.
Board delays sale of Vinland Elementary after patrons voice concerns
January 6, 2015
After listening to four district patrons, the Baldwin school board agreed Monday to reopen the sealed bid process for the purchase of Vinland Elementary School with an invitation to all interested parties to bid on the property by noon Jan. 19.
Kansas court orders more state spending on schools
December 30, 2014
A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.
Majority of council, board seats to be up for grabs this spring
December 29, 2014
It could be an interesting first three months of 2015 in local politics with the majority of seats on both the Baldwin City Council and the Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education up for grabs. Just how interesting will be revealed in the next four weeks.
Baldwin superintendent invited to join bi-state forum
December 24, 2014
Baldwin USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy has accepted an invitation to join an organization of his regional peers.
Baldwin school district adopts 2015-2016 calendar
December 22, 2014
School to start Aug. 18.
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.