Archive for Sunday, January 7, 2001

Lawrence school board

January 7, 2001


Policy manual again up for review

Bottom Line

The school board will resume work on its new policy manual. This time the focus is on sections covering fiscal management, business management, facilities and personnel.

The public is invited to comment on proposed changes.

Facilities and fiscal and business affairs sections will be reviewed on second reading by the board. This is the board's first opportunity to delve into personnel amendments.


Board member Scott Morgan objects to adding "gender identity" to a list of categories for which employees would be protected from discrimination.

"I need to be convinced that our kids will be well-served by someone in a gender-identity crisis," Morgan said.

The board previously added gender identity to the list of protected categories in the new manual's student section.

Other Business

Receive comments from Austin Turney, board president; Randy Weseman, superintendent; and board members.

Receive a report from Marlene Merrill, director of assessment and grants, on the district's performance on math, reading and writing tests.

Appoint a district panel to consider employee appeals of disciplinary actions.

Consider ratification of a five-year contract with Sunflower Cablevision for establishment of a fiber network serving Lawrence schools. The charge would be $9,000 per month plus $250 per active fiber drop location.

Consider tentative approval of an $84,970 contract with Kent Datacom for equipment to take advantage of the fiber network that is being installed in Lawrence schools.

Consider amending the school district's calendar to make up three snow days.

Consider approval on second reading of fiscal management, business management and facilities sections of the board's policy manual as well as conduct first reading of the personnel section.

Convene an executive session for consultation with the district's lawyer on a matter protected by attorney-client privilege.

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