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Archive for Sunday, February 23, 1997

SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA

February 23, 1997

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If the Lawrence school board approves proposed changes in elementary school boundaries Monday night, several Quail Run School students will move to Deerfield and Sunset Hill schools.

The school board will give final consideration to the changes, which are designed to help with overcrowding at Quail Run.

Under the changes:

  • Forty-one Quail Run students living north of Trail Road, west of Monterey Way and east of Folks Road would move to Deerfield.
  • Three Quail Run students living east of Monterey Way between Sixth and Harvard would move to Sunset Hill.

However, the district's boundary committee recommends following board policy regarding boundary changes and grandfathering this year's fifth-graders -- seven students. Another possibility that the boundary committee discussed is to also grandfather this year's fourth-graders -- three students.

A memorandum to board members from district administrators said, "The entire area north of Sixth Street will probably, at some time, be recommended for a move into the Deerfield attendance area."

Background

The school district conducted a public hearing in January on the proposed boundary changes.

Board members were to take final action on the changes at their Feb. 10 board meeting, but decided to wait two weeks to give the district's boundary committee an opportunity to review the changes -- in light of the board's decision not to close Riverside School.

If Riverside School had closed, its students would have been split between Deerfield and Pinckney schools. Board members said part of the reason they decided not to close Riverside at this time is a concern that Deerfield, which would take some Quail Run students under the proposed boundary changes, might become overcrowded.

District officials have grappled with the socioeconomic and ethnic diversity at Quail Run since it opened in 1990, district officials have said. And they will continue to monitor that, they said.

Currently, 7.9 percent of Quail Run students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and that would drop to 7.7 percent with the proposed boundary changes. A total of 10.5 percent of Quail Run students now are minority, and that would drop to 10 percent with the proposal.

other business

  • Consider the consent agenda, including minutes of the Feb. 10 regular meeting, the treasurer's report, monthly vouchers, financial reports and personnel recommendations.
  • Proclaim March as "Inhalant Awareness Month." Helen Clark, Sunset Hill School's Parent-Teacher Assn. representative, and students from the school will speak about the proclamation.
  • Hear about upcoming visits to Lawrence by children's authors. Beth Welsh, the district's library/media coordinator, will speak to the board.
  • Receive other public comment. Members of The Recall Committee, which has formed in an attempt to remove three board members from office, plan to speak to the board, according to committee member Rudy Conrad.
  • Consider purchase contracts for Lawrence Free State High School: $116,508 with Midwest Music and $57,354 with Funk's Music Center for musical instruments; and $90,000 with Follett Library Resources for the purchase of nonfiction library books. The administration is evaluating bids for furniture for the library/media center, and information on those should be available at Monday night's meeting. The total cost will not exceed $104,103.
  • Receive an update on 1994 bond issue projects and review change orders for Free State High School, Woodlawn School and New York School.
  • Consider, on final reading, boundary changes that would move some Quail Run students to Deerfield and Sunset Hill schools.
  • Consider selling the former Kaw Valley School property.

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