Archive for Tuesday, April 9, 1991


April 9, 1991


— Summer school is back, and junior high and high school students will have an extra class tacked on their schedules this fall, the Eudora School Board decided Monday night.

The board reversed its March 5 decision not to hold summer school this year after several parents voiced concerns. Penny von Achen, board member, said she received two calls from district patrons urging the board to reconsider the summer school program. She suggested that students pay a fee to attend summer courses to defray some of the program's costs.

Supt. Dan Bloom said summer school would cost the district more than $20,000 this year. He said the board's reasons for originally canceling summer school included the uncertainty surrounding both the 1918 section of Eudora High School and state funding for the coming year, as well as money needed for staff raises.

"The consensus was with all the things going on that we probably had all we could handle," he said.

AFTER A lengthy discussion, the board voted to hold both remedial and enrichment courses this summer at Nottingham Elementary School. Students will be charged $10 per class, but those in need of financial assistance can apply to have the fee waived.

The board also decided to invite Bonnie Brunt, school librarian, to coordinate the summer school program.

Charlie Watts, high school principal, presented to the board a proposal to change the junior-senior high school schedule. He recommended a seven-period day at the high school, and a six-period day at the junior high in addition to a period for a new adviser-based program.

"A seven-period day at the high school would provide additional opportunities for electives," he said.

The adviser-based period for seventh- and eighth-grade students will serve as a transition from elementary school to junior high school, Watts said. The class will stress organizational, social and study skills, including notetaking, efficient reading of texts and taking tests. Units on drug and alcohol abuse prevention and friendship also will be offered in the adviser-based period.

WATTS SAID Basehor-Linwood and Lawrence both have initiated the program.

The board voted unanimously to accept the proposal.

In another matter, board members approved more than $100,000 in bids for services and purchases.

They approved a $40,845 bid from Allied Bus Sales, Harrisonville, Mo., for a new 71-passenger school bus; a $650-per-month lease for 24 months starting Aug. 15 for a 1991 lift-equipped van; an $1,800 bid from W.A. Dunbar and Son Trucking and Excavating, Lawrence, for removal of the 2,000-gallon underground fuel storage tank owned by the district; a $5,394 bid from Eudora Heating and Air Conditioning for a new shop furnace at the junior-senior high school; and a $43,420 bid from Kan-Build, Osage City, for a modular unit to be used for classroom space.

The board has the option of paying for each expenditure out of either the 1990-91 or 1991-92 fiscal budget.

IN OTHER business at Monday's meeting, board members:

Accepted the resignation of Gerald Deman, National Junior Honor Society sponsor.

Directed John Immel, district attorney, to seek information about a state equalization formula pertaining to school district facilities.

Discussed changing school board representation from seven at-large positions to positions representing specific areas within the district. No action was taken.

Directed Matt Daigh, the district's grounds and transportation director, to approach the Eudora City Council about constructing a sidewalk at the Greenway addition, south of 14th Street between Locust and Church streets.

Approved contracts for the 1991-92 school year for Peggy Claggett, home economics instructor, football cheerleader co-sponsor and assistant junior class sponsor; Dawn Henderson, assistant junior high girls' basketball coach; Esther DeVault, elementary instructor; and Victoria Kandt, elementary school counselor.

VOTED to purchase 11 Macintosh computers, three dot matrix printers and one laser printer under the state bid plan. The package will cost $16,566.

Discussed Channel One Commercial Educational Television, which provides 12 minutes of daily news programming produced by Whittle Educational Network. The board directed Watts to look into the program, speak with administrators at other schools who have implemented Channel One and discuss the issue with Eudora teachers.

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