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Blue Springs Board of Education Meeting This Evening

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Illustration Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: Blue Springs School District

The Blue Springs School District’s Board of Education is meeting Monday, Jan. 13, at 6:15 p.m.

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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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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