Archive for Monday, September 25, 2006

Board to hear about wellness efforts

September 25, 2006

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Bottom line

Bruce Passman, deputy superintendent, will discuss how the district is implementing the school board's new wellness goals, which include getting students to choose healthier food.

Background

Last spring, Lawrence school officials approved a wellness policy designed to curb students' in-school access to sweets. The policy included restricting when students would have access to candy and soft drinks. Passman plans new policy guidelines concerning nutrition, nutrition education and physical activity.

Other business

¢ Special recognition: Hear a report about the Lawrence Schools Foundation 2006 Teacher Innovation Grant recipients. Thirteen projects throughout the district will be funded with foundation grants.

Consent agenda

The board will approve the following items in one motion, unless a board members asks they be voted upon separately:

¢ Minutes of the Sept. 11 board meeting.

¢ Financial reports, personnel report and monthly vouchers.

¢ Contract with Boys and Girls Club for after-school programming at New York and Pinckney schools and South Junior High School.

¢ Educators legal liability insurance coverage for the 2006-07 school year for $45,874, which is a decrease of $7,944 from the current year's contract.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 Bond Program at West Junior High School to add $7,133 for work to grade the east courtyard.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 Bond Program at West for $9,415 for roof drainage items.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 Bond Program at West for $504 for gas line work involving the north edge of the existing roof.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 Bond Program at Central Junior High School for $11,618 for doors and hardware.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 Bond Program at Central for $2,021 for gym and locker room work.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 Bond Program at South Junior High School for $5,699 for additional work that included a change in library shelving and a change in basketball goal mounting.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 Bond Program at South for $5,738 for doors and hardware sets to provide better access.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 Bond Program at Southwest Junior High School for $2,072 to modify structure support at a column line, add infill support at an existing masonry wall and change the fire rating on two sets of doors.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 bond program at Lawrence High School for $6,013 to replace an existing conduit and the east and west walls of one of the boys' showers.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 bond program at LHS for $10,678 for infill at various locations.

¢ Construction change order in the 2005 bond program at Free State High School for $2,560 to provide utility stub-out near the greenhouse.

¢ A purchase contract for K-12 curriculum at the Lawrence Virtual School at a total cost up to $1.26 million. The average cost of curriculum access, resources and materials is $2,200 per pupil annually. The amount would provide curriculum for up to 575 students at the Virtual School for the 2006-07 school year.

¢ On first reading, wording changes in board policy concerning the annual budget and vending machine deposits.

¢ On first reading, a change in the board policy that deals with allowing students to be released from school to take college courses, with the principal's authorization.

¢ On first reading, changes in a board policy on testing that would require all licensed staff members to protect the integrity of the student assessment process, including honest administration of tests and accurate reporting of results.

Regular agenda

¢ Hear reports from the school board president and superintendent and any board comments.

¢ Elect a delegate and alternate from the board to attend the Dec. 1-3 Kansas Association of School Board Convention in Wichita.

¢ Hear comments from board members about the schools they each keep in touch with.

¢ Hear a report on wellness goals from Deputy Supt. Bruce Passman.

¢ Go into closed executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

Comments

Sacerdotal 8 years, 8 months ago

Big agenda with lots of big ideas. The wellness initiative should be interesting. Any programs that do not involve staff in wellness, weight loss and physical activity programs will be difficult. A 5'4" 280 pound teacher with powdered sugar on his mustache/her chin telling students to eat better and to exercise more will not be well received. Everything is learned through modeling and repetition. Let us all be the best models we can.

(Whom would Jesus put on a diet? The fat cats who have corrupted his message and who are building up their treasures on earth, not in heaven.)

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