In addition to routine items on the agenda, such as approving paying the bills and overseeing personnel changes, board members have a full schedule this evening.
A significant item on tonight’s consent agenda is deciding what to charge for tuition. Students from the unaccredited Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD) are applying for admission to Blue Springs. Currently Blue Springs is accepting applications but not enrolling these students, because of pending legal issues. According to state statute, if these students are admitted, KCMSD must pay their tuition.
Also this evening, Assistant Superintendent Jim Finley is providing a legislative update. The Missouri General Assembly is currently in session, and education is a hot topic. Bills pending cover topics ranging from school vision screenings to what to do about unaccredited districts to public school financing.
Another important topic this evening is considering a policy relating to staff relationships with students. This policy would regulate communication through the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. A new state statute, The Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, requires districts to approve such a policy no later than March 1.
The Board of Education meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at the Administrative Service Center, 1801 N.W. Vesper; Blue Springs, MO 64015.
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