Archive for Sunday, May 6, 2001

WKD-Lawrence school board agenda for May 7

May 6, 2001

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A survey by the district indicated special-education programs and staffing were allocated inconsistently.

Elaine Schmidt, a special-education coordinator in the district, said the plan "should be an assurance to parents that regardless of what school their children were attending they would have the same services."

The plan articulates the district's special-education mission, guiding principles and student expectations.

For example, it calls for all Lawrence schools to "demonstrate measurable growth" in educational performance. It also stipulates special-education resources will be allocated "equitably across the district."

Joe Nyre, the district's assistant director of special services, has had the plan under development for more than six months.

  • Introduction of new district staff by Mary Rodriguez, executive director of human resources.
  • Recognize architectural drafting classes at Lawrence High School and Free State High School.
  • Recognize Free State High School's participation in the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival.
  • Recognize choral groups from South and Central junior high schools.
  • Receive comments from Supt. Randy Weseman and board members.
  • Consider approval of a $9,956 contract with Riddell-All American of Leavenworth to replace 143 football helmets for West, South, Central and Southwest junior high schools.
  • Consider adopting a $66,876 contract with William A Swanson Co. of Shawnee for replacement of rest-room partitions at Southwest Junior High School and Centennial, Hillcrest, Quail Run, Sunflower and Sunset Hill schools.
  • Consider endorsement of a $29,050 contract with LRM Industries of Lawrence to resurface playgrounds at Centennial, East Heights and Quail Run schools.
  • Consider approving a $3,000, one-year contract with Haskell Indian Nations University for rental of Haskell Stadium for Lawrence High School and Free State High School football games.
  • Consider adjusting daily meal stipends for teachers and administrators while traveling on school business. The breakfast stipend would remain $4, lunch would increase from $5 to $7 and dinner would go up from $10 to $15.
  • Consider new policies or amendments on discrimination, harassment, job descriptions, employee evaluations, religion, release of students from school, interrogation of students and class size limits.
  • Receive a report from Larry Bakerink, principal of Broken Arrow School, on the school's quality-performance accreditation review.
  • Receive a report from Joe Nyre, assistant director of special services, on a five-year plan for improving special-education programs in the district.

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