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Archive for Sunday, September 8, 2002

Lawrence School Board

Board to consider transfer policy

September 8, 2002

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Bottom Line

The free-wheeling days of student transfers in the Lawrence school district may be coming to an end.

Board members will discuss no action is expected two similar proposals to limit transfers among the 18 elementary schools and six secondary schools starting with the 2003-2004 school year.

One was written by the district's policy committee and the other was authored by Scott Morgan, board president.

Background

Supt. Randy Weseman said tightening what he considers a liberal transfer policy in the 10,000-student district would be controversial.

About 500 students have been granted transfers in the district. About two-thirds of that total are elementary students.

The biggest recipients of transfers are Hillcrest, Cordley, Schwegler, Kennedy and East Heights elementary schools.

Other business

The agenda:

Comments by Scott Morgan, board president; Randy Weseman, superintendent; and school board members.

Receive a report from Marcia Daft, Kennedy Center national touring artist, on her work this month to train teachers to integrate music with language arts and math instruction.

Receive a report from Lori Johns, director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, on the Sept. 23 community breakfast at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. Keynote speaker is Srinija Srinivasan, a vice president of Yahoo Inc. and Lawrence High School graduate.

Review proposals for new district policy limiting student transfers among schools.

Consider a $138,570 contract with Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center to provide intervention services to students.

Consider a $37,500 contract with Community Living Opportunities to offer consulting and training support for students with autism.

Consider authorizing a Sept. 21 auction of excess district equipment and supplies, including trucks, typewriters and food service gear.

Consider raising rental fees for school facilities 25 percent, effective immediately.

Discuss with the superintendent options for adjusting the 2002-2003 budget because of an enrollment drop and a reduction in state funding.

Receive an update from Citizens for Students, a new Lawrence group that plans to raise money to help students pay school fees.

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