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Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education

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Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education agenda for Sept. 17

In a departure from the board's regular routine, the meeting will be on a Wednesday and at the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center

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Baldwin school board approves 2014-15 budget with more than 3 mill decrease

There was no one in the room Monday to comment on the Baldwin school district's 2014-15 budget public hearing, but there may be a few cheers around town with news the budget will reduce the district’s property tax levy by 3.16 mills. With the 5-0 vote (board members Chad Christie and Sandy Chapman were absent), the board approved the $20.3 million budget as it was published in The Signal.

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Baldwin district hopes to find buyer for old Rhulen house

The Baldwin school district is still very motivated to sell the house on the old Rhulen property west of the soccer field if a buyer can be found who is willing to move the house. Superintendent Paul Dorathy said that stipulation seems to be the sticking point. He has shown the one-story wood-frame house on seven or eight occasions and one potential buyer was interested enough to have an inspector check out the house.

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Aug. 18 Baldwin board of education agenda

Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center

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Baldwin USD 348 traditional enrollment starts Monday

Traditional enrollment will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 8, for Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center, Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center and Baldwin Junior High School.

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Baldwin school district's online enrollment getting established with patrons

About 20 percent of Baldwin school district students have been enrolled for the coming year since the district's new online option. Superintendent Paul Dorathy told Baldwin school board members Monday that 419 students had been enrolled online since the option became available July 1.

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Baldwin school board approves publishing budget with 3.492 mill decrease

Thanks to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling in March, the Baldwin school district will ask less of its taxpayers in the coming fiscal year. At its Monday meeting, the Baldwin school board approved publication of the 2014-2015 budget that would reduce the district’s overall property tax levy by 3.492 mills.

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Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education meeting agenda for July 21

Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education agenda for July 21, 2014 Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center Community Room 6:30 p.m

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Superintendent says teacher license change not needed in Baldwin district

Baldwin USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the local district did not need a larger personnel pool, which was apparently the motivation behind a recent change in teacher licensing. Last week, the Kansas Board of Education voted to to allow state school districts to hire individuals as teachers without a teaching degree or certification if they could demonstrate professional experience in the subject matter they would be instructing.

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Company agrees to address one problem a Baldwin district running track

The Baldwin school district is making progress in its effort to correct a problem with the competition running track at Baldwin High School. The outside lane of the running track, which was built as part of the 2008 bond issue, was not installed at the right width. The board was vocal last fall about making progress to resolve the issue.

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Baldwin board reviews draft capital outlay plan in advance of budget considerations

As has been the recent custom, the Baldwin school board was presented last week with a first draft of the district's capital outlay plan in advance of July’s 2014-2015 fiscal year budget considerations. The draft that district financial operations director Cynde Frick shared with the board on June 17 broke out budgets of both 7 and 8 mills for the capital outlay fund. The district has the authority to levy up to 8 mills to support capital outlay, but boards in recent years have chosen to set the levy at 7 mills.

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IPad use now integral at Baldwin High School

IPads have become so important at Baldwin High School that is essential problems are addressed early to maintain teacher enthusiasm for using the devices in the classroom, the Baldwin school board was told Tuesday. Baldwin High School Principal Rob McKim gave the board an update Tuesday the high school’s first year iPad experience. The district handed out newly purchased iPads to 445 high school students last August.

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Baldwin school district to start offering online enrollment next month

The Baldwin school district and a local technology company plan to start testing a one-of-a-kind online enrollment program this week for a planned July 1 roll out. Mike Bosch, CEO of the Reflective Group, told the Baldwin school board Tuesday that the Baldwin City company and the district would carry out a mock enrollment to fine tune for the districtwide roll out of the online software.

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Baldwin school superintendent recommends district football fields be improved

The Baldwin school board agreed Tuesday the two football fields the junior high and high school sub-varsity teams use west of the Baldwin High School are in bad shape and need to be upgraded, but did not agree to allow those teams to play games on the district’s soccer field.

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Baldwin school board told other districts share concerns about modern math textbooks

Apparently, Baldwin High School math teachers are not alone in their concerns about the less-than-challenging content of contemporary math textbooks.

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Baldwin school board passes on opportunity to increase local option budget

Although it is facing a tight 2014-2015 budget that will likely reduce the number of teachers in the district while increasing class sizes, the Baldwin school board passed Monday on a possible opportunity to secure more revenue from its local option budget.

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Baldwin board asked not to judge textbooks by worn covers

The normally routine matter of Baldwin board members approving classroom materials district faculty recommends for their curriculum hit a snag Monday when two board members questioned the well-used appearance of textbooks proposed for use in high-level math and science classes.

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Baldwin USD 348 agenda for April 21

WIN CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 348 BOARD OF EDUCATION AGENDA Baldwin Elementary Primary Center 500 Lawrence Street April 21, 2014 6:30 p.m.

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Education funding bill on governor's desk would mean net gain of $30,000 for Baldwin district

The Baldwin school district would see about $30,000 more in state general fund aid should Gov. Sam Brownback sign a school funding bill the Kansas Legislature passed earlier this week. Baldwin USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the bill took away some existing funding, added $14 in per pupil state aid to local districts and provided "equalization" revenue for poorer districts to help with their local option budgets and capital outlay funds.

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Baldwin USD 348 board calls two special meetings

Property sale on agenda for both meetings

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Baldwin school district to offer online enrollment

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

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Baldwin school board increases transportation fee

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.

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Baldwin superintendent finds little definitive in Kansas Supreme Court education funding ruling

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.

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Baldwin school board schedules special meeting

The Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education has called a special board meeting for 6:30 p.m., March 6, at the district office, 715 Chapel St.

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Baldwin schools would waste $100,000 if Common Core standards tossed

A bill to kill Common Core educational standards in Kansas has Baldwin School Superintendent Paul Dorathy concerned a $100,000 district investment could be lost.

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Baldwin City school board may increase $75 transportation fee

In anticipation of another summer of grim budget deliberations, the Baldwin school board started consideration Monday on how it might find additional dollars or cut costs. District director of financial operations Cynde Frick told the board that Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal presented last month at the start of the legislative session would provide the district wtih just $30,000 in added state aid for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Obamacare delivers $100,000 bill to Baldwin school district

Federal health care reform will require the Baldwin school district to find $100,000 in next year’s budget to provide health insurance to uninsured employees. The added expense will come from the East Central Kansas Cooperative in Education. Patti Bishop, ECKCE director, said the special education cooperative currently doesn’t offer health insurance to the 108 para-professionals who work in the Baldwin, Wellsville and Eudora school districts.

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Baldwin students to start school two days early this fall

The Baldwin school board voted 5-1 on Tuesday to start school two days early next school year to help equalize the fall and spring semesters. The vote comes seven months after the board agreed to shorten the school year by five “student-contact days.” With that decision, schools opened five days later in August for the 2013-2014 school year.

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Baldwin USD 348 agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 21

Meeting starts at 6:30 in Primary Center

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School district scrubs rarely used classified staff step salary schedule

Board approves district funding girls soccer program

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Baldwin school board, teachers reach contract agreement

District receives rare 'clean' audit

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USD 348 board agrees to tranfer district's operating account

Move made after requests for proposals

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Baldwin school district receives two proposals to buy, redevelop Chapel Street properties

School board to have special meeting Monday on submittals

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Baldwin board appoints Lawrence firm as 2nd district legal representative

Current attorney retained for ongoing cases

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Progress made on problems plaguing Baldwin High School iPad connectivity

Hungry squirrel causes delay

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Baldwin school district requesting proposals for purchase, redevelopment of Chapel Street buildings

Lawrence Journal World story sparked interest buildings

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Board trims $75,000 before approving 2013-2014 budget

Board rolls back capital outlay funding to 2012-13 level

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Board asks staff to use formal process to assess banks

Board delays decision on where to deposit district's operating account

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Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education agenda for Aug. 19

Hearing for 2013-14 budget at 8 p.m.

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Published Baldwin USD 348 budget confirms superintendent's prediction

District to see only $18,000 in classroom money for 2013-14

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Baldwin board votes to accept city SRO proposal

The proposal would require the district to pay only 25 percent of the officer’s salary and benefits, or $15,908 annually.

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July 15 Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education agenda

2013-14 budget consideration, annual board reorganization highlights of meeting

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Baldwin USD 348 district offices to move

Move one of a number of budget-trimming measures the board approved Monday

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Board hoping contractor interest means good bids for auditorium remodel

Architect's estimate exceeds money available

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Baldwin board calls special meeting for May 9

Baldwin Junior High auditorium remodel to be discussed

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Baldwin school board gets request for additional elementary school teacher for 2013-2014

Large first-grade class for next year prompts request

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Baldwin USD 348 agenda for April 22

Next year's fees, discussion of elementary class sizes among items on agenda

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Two bankers win USD 348 board seats

Kruger prevails in contested race, Huntoon wins seat through write in

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Two candidates vying for open Baldwin USD 348 seat answer questions

Ebel, Kruger contest District 1, Position 4 position

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Baldwin USD 348 superintendent wary of state, federal actions

Sequester, Affordable Care Act and state tax changes of concern

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Baldwin school board sells closed Marion Springs Elementary

Owners don't yet have plans for $90,000 purchase

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Baldwin schools to be closed Tuesday

School and all activities cancelled

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Baldwin board updated on BJHS auditorium remodel

Project to be bid at end of March

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Baldwin board approves iPad purchase

475 iPads purchased for high school students

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Baldwin board agenda to Feb. 18

Board to receive iPads recommendation

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Baldwin school board starts conversation on staff concealed carry, armed guards in schools

City approaches district about restarting school resource officer program

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Filing deadline passes with no candidates for one Baldwin school board post

The deadline for candidates to get their names on the April 2 ballots for Baldwin City Council and school board passed this week. But there’s one big hole.

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Court ruling Legislature short-changed schools is no suprise to Baldwin superintendent

Republicans look for possible constitutional amendment in response to ruling

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Plumberg to run for mayor, Busby won't seek re-election to school board

The spring elections for Baldwin City Council and USD 348 Board of Education got more interesting in the last week.

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No candidates yet for Baldwin council, board positions as filing deadline nears

Two council seats, four board positions expire this year

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USD 348 bond refinancing approved

Action will provide immediate property tax relief

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Board, teachers agree to contract

The Baldwin school board and the district teacher’s union ended an impasse Monday as the board approved a contract that provides teachers a 1.4 percent salary increase and an immediate $400 stipend.

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Baldwin superintendent assures parents safety procedures in place

Reviews, drills coming

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Local legislative delegation to share views with Baldwin school board

BJHS Auditorium also on agenda

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Tonight's BHS games last to be played at different venues

Collapsed sewer pipes cause move to Baker's Collin's Center

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Baldwin school board schedules special meeting on bond refinancing

Meeting 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at district office

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Baldwin school board moves to refinance bond debt

Move could save district as much as $600,000

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Baldwin USD 348 agrees to donate easement for expanded KDOT project

Baldwin City residents pleased with the end of detours with the completion Friday of construction on North Sixth Street should be prepared for construction closing down another main entrance to the city next construction season.

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Board agrees its time to get agressive about selling Chapel Street buildings

Superintendent instructed to contact firms interested in marketing buildings

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Baldwin USD 348 special board meeting

Meeting for workshop on facilities

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Baldwin school district warns parents of whooping cough in schools

Six cases have been confirmed

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Baldwin USD 348 enrollment slips

Budget impact limited

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Baldwin students earn 20 standard of excellence citations

All district schools earn standard of excellence in reading, writing

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Baldwin USD 348 agenda for Sept. 17

Bus video camera bids on agenda

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Baldwin Class of 2012 improves school's ACT scores

BHS performance contrasts with stagnant state results

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Baldwin board approves 2012-2013 budget

The Baldwin school board unanimously approved Monday the district’s 2012-2013 budget after shaving a mill of support from the capital outlay fund.

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Baldwin board instructs staff to get bids for bus video cameras

Action passes on 4-3 vote

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Baldwin wrestling coach prefers to stay put

Kit Harris tells Baldwin school board South Gym better than proposed space in junior high auditorium

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Budget, bus security on Baldwin school board's agenda tonight

Board to consider capital outlay 2012-2013 funding, which has 8 mills of support in published budget, before approving 2012-2013 budget.

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Baldwin board approves 2012-2013 personnel assignments

Assignments approve July 17

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Baldwin school board to revisit busing issues with budget consideration

District overall valuation increases 'slightly'

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Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education agenda for July 17

Publication of 2012-13 budget on agenda

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Baldwin USD 348 board gets early review of capital outlay budget

As the 2012-2013 budget season nears, the Baldwin school board reviewed Monday a draft five-year capital improvement plan that would set next year’s capital outlay budget at 8 mills.

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Baldwin Junior High School auditorium remodeling options shared with school board

Remodel estimated to cost from $475,000 to $800,000

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Baldwin USD 348 agenda for Monday, June 25

Contract busing proposal, facilities and capital outlay budget on busy agenda

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Architect offers to draw plans for Baldwin Junior High auditorium remodel at no cost

Neosho County interested in leasing gym at Vinland Elementary

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Baldwin school board agrees to sell old elementary school

Building and grounds to be sold to Lighthouse Baptist Church of $200,000

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Baldwin school board to consider sale of district property at special meeting tonight

As special meetings go, Baldwin’s school board meeting Monday will have a busy agenda.

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Company pitches contract bus service to Baldwin USD 348 board

Board to discuss proposal at June 11 special meeting

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Baldwin HIgh School students could soon trade textbooks for iPads

Plan to provide all BHS iPads starting with 2013-2014 school year

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Baldwin board agrees to put Marion Spring on market

Use of remaining bond money to remodel old junior high auditorium discussed

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Baldwin USD 348 agenda for Monday, May 21

Facilities, capital outlay on agenda

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Baldwin school board looking to fill vacancy

Tony Wedel leaving district for job opportunity

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Baldwin USD 348 board cool to new multi-use building

The USD 348 Board of Education special meeting Monday on district facilities ended on a to-be-continued note, but not before it became clear there is little support for constructing a center to house district offices, maintenance, a bus barn and other functions.

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