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Raytown School Board Hopes to Save District $1 Million

By refinancing more than $9 million of its existing bonds at a more favorable rate, Raytown’s Board of Education hopes to save the district more than a million dollars in interest payments. On July 11, the board voted to approve a resolution authorizing investment bankers George K. Baum & Company to oversee the refinancing, according … Continue reading

Piper Middle School: Under Construction

Construction at Piper Middle School will still be underway when students return to school in August. Because of renovations, enrollment of middle school students will take place at the high school on Thursday, Aug. 4. When school starts later in the month, renovation of the technology room, office, commons and hallways at the middle school … Continue reading

Federal Grant Funds Storm Shelter Construction at De Soto High School

Once construction is complete, De Soto High School students and staff will be able to seek the safety of a new shelter when storms threaten, in part thanks to a federal grant the district received this summer. Last week, the district received approval for an $827,339 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation … Continue reading

When You’ve Got to Go … to Kindergarten

Not all restroom facilities are created equal. In some you sit, and in some you stand. Starting this fall, restrooms in the Basehor-Linwood school district will be more equal. All kindergarten classrooms will have them. Bathroom construction is underway in three classrooms at Basehor Elementary School, according to Superintedent David Howard’s blog. These were the … Continue reading

Gardner Edgerton to Purchase Land for New Schools

It was unanimous. Gardner Edgerton USD 231 has the go-ahead from its board to purchase land for new schools. During the July meeting, Superintendent Bill Gilhaus received approval from the Board of Education to purchase 39.22 acres of land. The district plans to build at least one new elementary or middle school. Building funds may … Continue reading

Olathe District Proposes Lower Property Tax

During this recession, most school districts are trying to avoid raising taxes. However, Olathe taxpayers may pay less during the 2012 fiscal year. District Chief Financial Officer John Hutchison is proposing a 4.26 percent decrease in the mill levy to fund the new budget. Anyone wanting to learn more about the proposed budget may attend … Continue reading

Fewer Teachers, More Students in Kansas

More students and fewer teachers may be going back to school in Kansas this fall. State board of education members reviewed a report this summer showing a decline in licensed teachers and expressed concern about what that trend might mean for the education of public school students. Over the past year, Kansas lost 748 teachers, … Continue reading

Head Injury? See a Doctor and Take a Day Off

Beginning this fall, high school football players who suffer head injuries must stop playing and must take a day off, according to a new law signed last week by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Each injured player must receive written permission from a licensed health care provider knowledgeable about concussions before returning to the game. In … Continue reading

MO Governor Signs Law Protecting Students From Sexual Abuse

Protecting public school students from sexual abuse by educators is the intent of a new law signed yesterday by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Among other provisions, the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act” extends the statute of limitations for sexually abusing children and requires districts to report information about teachers who have committed this crime. Amy … Continue reading

New Computer Network for North Kansas City School District

This month, the North Kansas City School District is beginning phase one of a year-long transition to a new $3-million computer network. “The backbone of our system no longer supports our needs and must be replaced before we experience complete system failures,” district Executive Director of Technology Eric Sipes reported to the Board of Education … Continue reading


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