Schools and education

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.
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.