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Archive for Monday, April 23, 2001

Lawrence School Board

Junior high class schedules up for approval

April 23, 2001

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Bottom Line

The board will be asked to vote on new class schedules for West, Central, South and Southwest junior high schools.

After negotiations on a unified schedule failed to produce a compromise, the board allowed junior high staff at each school to come up with versions of a "block" schedule that best met needs of their seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students and teachers.

The new formats would be implemented in 2002-2003.

Background

West Principal Mick Lowe and Central Principal Ted Juneau said creation of fewer but longer class periods each day under block scheduling would improve the quality of learning opportunities.

They said the new system would reduce the stress on students who now dash to eight class periods each day. With blocking, a student might have only five class changes. A full block class could last 90 minutes, while current students' classes last about 42 minutes.

The West, Central and South plans are similar. Southwest intends to set up a slightly different blocking system.

Other Business

Recognize Brenna Daldorph, Central Junior High School student, for earning a trip to the RespecTeen National Youth Forum in Washington, D.C. Central teachers Carol Souders and Susan Jordan also will honored by the board.

Recognize Margaret Holdeman of Central Junior High for her selection as middle school counselor of the year by Kansas School Counselors Assn.

Receive comments from Supt. Randy Weseman and the board.

Receive a report from Bob Arevalo, principal of Hillcrest School, on a quality performance accreditation visit.

Consider a proposal to adopt new class schedules for all four junior high schools.

Consider adoption of new handbooks for secondary schools.

Consider proposed policies on travel expenses, leaves and absences and searches, including a policy allowing use of trained dogs to search for illegal materials.

Consider a $10,736 contract with Nebraska Scientific, Omaha, Neb., to buy 100 microscopes and 100 school balances for sixth-grade science.

Consider a $133,497 contract with Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Orlando, Fla., for textbooks to be used by sixth-graders in life science, seventh-graders in earth science and eighth-graders in physical science.

Consider a two-year contract for $13,250 with EduTrax of Addison, Tex., for an inventory software system for secondary textbooks .

Consider a proposal that would increase employee and district health insurance costs.

Consider a four-year contract with State Office Systems of Topeka to provide 58 copy machines to the district for 1.7 cents for the first 8 million copies and 0.7 cents for additional copies.

Consider a $97,210 contract with Country Carpet of Topeka to remove old carpet and install new carpet at Schewegler, East Heights, Wakarusa Valley and Woodlawn schools.

Consider buying a $35,165, 126-inch Jacobsen riding mower from Outdoor Equipment of Grandview, Mo., and a $16,965, 72-inch John Deere riding mower from American Lawn and Leisure of Topeka.

Consider a $3,000 revolving contract for using the Haskell Indian Nations University's stadium a maximum of 10 times each year for Lawrence High School and Free State High School.

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