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October School Board Reports — Week 4

Eight local school boards met last week.

Kansas

Gardner-Edgerton

Highlight:

  • Supervising projects funded by the sale of $72 million in school bond debt approved by voters earlier this year.

Kansas City, Kansas

Highlight:

  • Routine responsibilities of governance

Shawnee Mission

Highlights:

Spring Hill

Highlight:

  • Routine responsibilities of governance

Missouri

Center

Highlight:

  • Updating district policies according to recommendations from the Missouri School Boards’ Association

Kansas City, Missouri

Highlights:

North Kansas City

Highlights:

  • Unanimously passed a resolution in support of Proposition B — the proposed tobacco tax increase with proceeds going in part to support public schools — that will be on the November 6 ballot
  • Unanimously voted to approve a “Resolution Regarding Sequestration,” urging “Congress and the Administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education that would affect our students and communities, and to protect education as an investment critical to economic stability and American competitiveness.”
  • Heard a report on MSIP 5, the state’s new public school district accreditation standards

Park Hill

Highlights:

  • Heard a progress report regarding projects funded by $49.5 million in school bond debt approved by voters. According to the agenda, “Projects include additions to Park Hill High School, Congress Middle School, Park Hill South, Lakeview Middle School (front entry), and English Landing Elementary (front entry). In addition, proposed renovation projects include Union Chapel Elementary (front entry), Plaza Middle School (parking), and the District Office (Technology, Academic Services and Board Room).”
  • Considered revising a list of district policies such as “Use of Tobacco on Park Hill School District Property,” “Assurance of Nondiscrimination” and “School District Legal Status”

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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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