Schools and education

Baldwin City teachers looking for donations, volunteers for summer special needs bike camp
March 24, 2014
Once they witnessed the results at an ICan Bike camp last summer in Topeka, Barbara Schwering and Betsey Ulrich were determined to bring it to Baldwin City. The ICan Bike system teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride bicycles during five-day camps
Former Baker AD floats indoor activities center
March 20, 2014
As the longtime former Baker University athletic director, Dan Harris knows how busy the Collins Center is. Collins is not only the home for Baker’s winter sports of men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling, but the school’s baseball, softball, soccer and track teams use the facility for their preseason or off-season conditioning, Harris said.
Baldwin school district to offer online enrollment
March 17, 2014
By this summer, parents or guardians should be able to enroll their children in Baldwin schools online. Baldwin USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the district was working with Reflective Group, the creator of the district’s operating software system, on the development of the online enrollment service
Baldwin school board increases transportation fee
March 14, 2014
The Baldwin school board started dealing with the district’s 2014-2015 budget crunch by passing on some of its transportation fees to in-town student bus riders and reducing teacher positions through attrition.
Baldwin Education Foundation annual luncheon to honor two career educators
March 13, 2014
Kathy Gerstner says in its nine years of existence the Baldwin Education Foundation has touched nearly every student in the Baldwin school district. Friday’s annual Baldwin Education Foundation luncheon is the community’s opportunity to ensure that effort continues, said Gerstner, the foundation’s executive director. The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Stony Point Hall, 1514 N. 600 Road.
Face to Face: Baker University Music and Theater Department administrative assistant Susan Baker
March 12, 2014
Face to Face is a weekly feature highlighting those who live or work in Baldwin City. Each week The Signal will pick one person to highlight in the community. This week we meet Susan Baker.
Baldwin superintendent finds little definitive in Kansas Supreme Court education funding ruling
March 10, 2014
Anyone looking for a definitive answer about what the ruling the Kansas Supreme Court released Friday on K-12 education funding means for the Baldwin City school district will have to ask someone other than Superintendent Paul Dorathy.
Kansas Supreme Court rules education funding levels unconstitutional
March 7, 2014
Topeka — The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state’s current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas’ poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.
Reserve brings heart to Baldwin High School’s championship basketball team
March 7, 2014
There’s nothing about the appearance of Baldwin High School’s Ian Kirk to suggest why he should be a part of the school’s Frontier League championship team. Even the 5-foot, 10-inch, 240-pound senior will chuckle in acknowledgement that he doesn’t have the svelte or muscled frames of seniors Cornell Brown, Chad Berg,
Four BHS musicans chosen to state honor band
March 5, 2014
The sixteen long hours of rehearsals they endured before their performance Sunday in Wichita were enough to make Megann Lawrenz, Kymbry Simmons and Taylor Wallis question their decisions to seek a seat on the state honor band.
Baldwin schools close Monday because of weather
March 2, 2014
Baldwin USD 348 District Superintendent Paul Dorathy has announced schools will be closed Monday because of weather conditions.
Baldwin school district to seek compensation for faulty boiler installation
February 28, 2014
The source of a boiler gas leak that required the one-day closure of the Baldwin school district’s newest school has been found and temporary repairs made. Baldwin Elementary School Primary School, which first opened in August 2011, was forced to close Jan. 24 and its students sent to the Intermediate School because a gas leak set off a carbon monoxide alarm.
Performing Arts Center offers Baldwin City residents shelter during tornadoes
February 27, 2014
With another snow said to be headed this way, it’s easy to forget March 1 marks the beginning of severe weather season in Kansas. Baldwin City residents needing a reminder need only recall two years ago when on Feb. 29 sirens sounded warning of a tornado spotted on the ground west of town.
Baldwin Junior High team hopes to improve lives of autistic students
February 26, 2014
Four Baldwin Junior High School students are awaiting word on whether their entry into a U.S. Department of Defense-sponsored contest will earn them a summer trip to Disney World. Should the team earn the trip and go on to win the national contest, the real winners could be young autistic students in central Kansas.