Archive for Monday, September 24, 2012

School board approves boundary change

September 24, 2012


The Lawrence school board on Monday approved an attendance boundary change and accepted reports on its upcoming bond issue and changes to assessments after the No Child Left Behind waiver.

• Starting next school year, the unanimously approved boundary change will affect the Deerfield School neighborhoods north of Peterson Road and east of Kasold Drive, including the area east of Iowa Street and north of Interstate 70 extending to the Kansas River.

Instead of feeding into Liberty Memorial Central Middle School with several students applying for transfers to West Middle School, students from that area will now automatically go to West. Students at Liberty Memorial who would like to stay will be able to with a transfer waiver, though it’s unlikely that transportation will be provided. Kyle Hayden, assistant superintendent for operations and business, said that a specific route for those students would have to be assessed closer to the beginning of the next school year. It would likely cost the district more than $30,000, he said.

• District administration and school board members hope to have a bond election in April. At the meeting Monday, Superintendent Rick Doll said that the planning process for it was “moving quickly” and that committees would begin addressing the public with more specifics next month. Gould-Evans architects have spoken with staff members of all elementary schools and several other schools to “assess need,” he said. Engineers are looking at infrastructure efficiencies in six East Lawrence schools and Langston Hughes School as a comparison, with a goal of the bond issue being elementary school improvements.

• With Kansas schools no longer tied to the 2001 federal education law, the Lawrence district will continue to give Kansas state assessments, written in 2006, through next school year. The district will then transition to Common Core-based tests, now being developed by a multistate group, said Terry McEwen, who is in charge of assessments for the district. Instead of “adequate yearly progress,” buildings and districts will have to achieve “annual measurable objectives,” which include moving the bottom 30 percent of scores into the next highest category of achievement.

• The board approved spending $57,642 on Spanish textbooks and $1,782,000 for the annual curriculum for Lawrence Virtual School. Members also approved their yearly goals for the district.


colicole81 5 years, 7 months ago

Thank goodness! It never seemed right that they would separate a select few to send them to Central when all of their friends were going to West. My husband and I planned to move before our girls start middle school, now we won't have to!

buffalo63 5 years, 7 months ago

Just looked at the goals. Nice lofty words. What specifically will be done to reach those goals?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

The best place for detailed information is by attending the USD 497 BOE meetings. Be prepared to devote an evening it is worth the energy.

I don't always like what I discover however at least I got the scoop in the raw form.

The USD 497 BOE needs a plan B rather than put all of their wishes in a bond issue which is Plan A.

My contention is much could be accomplished by way of existing capital outlay dollars that become available each budget year. Offer the taxpayers a menu of items for approval and how to finance. If a simple yes or no is offered as a Plan A it is likely the bond approach will go down in flames.

Plan B should keep the building rehab on track because this has been neglected for too many years. Can I say negligence which should never be tolerated by taxpayers. The majority of this BOE has not been a part of the negligence factor.

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