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September School Board Reports — Week 4

Ten local school boards met last week. Kansas Gardner-Edgerton Highlights: Routine responsibilities of governance. Kansas City Highlights: Received a report on homelessness in Wyandotte County and action being taken to alleviate it. According to the agenda, “Research has found there to be a correlation between unstable housing and academic failure.” Accepted a $70,000 federal Education … Continue reading

September School Board Reports — Week 2

Seventeen local school boards met last week. Kansas Basehor-Linwood Highlights: Heard a School Resource Officer update Heard an enrollment update (School funding is based on enrollment) Considered proposed changes to district policies Blue Valley Highlights: Approved a name for the 143rd Street campus. It will be known as the Blue Valley Hilltop Campus. Acquisition of … Continue reading

August School Board Reports — Week 5

Five local school boards met last week. Kansas Shawnee Mission School District Highlights: Approving changes to the district policy governing acceptable use of the computer network and internet access and another governing public gifts and donations to schools. Considering proposed changes to three other policies. One governs school-based child-care administration, and two others govern reports … Continue reading

August School Board Reports — Week 4

Nine local school boards met last week. Kansas Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Highlights: Routine but necessary responsibilities of governance Gardner-Edgerton Highlights: Held a public budget hearing and considered approving a budget for the 2012-13 school year Lee’s Summit Highlights: Hearing an enrollment report from Superintendent David McGehee. Public school funding depends on enrollment, and the final enrollment … Continue reading

Local and National Policymakers Struggle With Ways to Keep Students From Hurting Themselves and Others

One boy’s mother says he spends entire days at school alone in a room with no windows and the door closed so no one can see him. School staff say he has issues with touching people too often — including high fives and hugs — and so must be separated from his classmates. Another mother … Continue reading

Lower Property Values Mean Higher Tax Levy in Belton School District

Because their property values are going down, owners will be paying slightly more in taxes to support public education in the Belton School District for the 2011-2012 school year. This year’s tax levy will be $5.3840, up from $4.1467 a year ago. “Even with this increased levy rate, we anticipate collecting $120,375 less tax revenue … Continue reading

Number of Needy Students Up, Instruction Cut in Bonner Springs/Edwardsville School District

A plea for help was included in budget documents administrators presented for approval to the board of Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Unified School District #204 last night. “Due to the state’s budgeting problems this past two years we made cuts of over 2.5 million dollars and are anticipating further cuts in the coming months,” is how district … Continue reading

Liberty: Level Tax Levy This Year, Maybe Higher Next Year

Liberty School District’s Board of Education plans to keep property taxes from rising this year. However, they may ask voters to go to the polls in November to approve higher taxes to support the schools in future years. During a public hearing tonight, the board will consider a proposed property tax levy of $4.9 for … Continue reading

Park Hill Trying to Make Good on Promise Not to Increase Taxes

When Park Hill asked taxpayers to approve $49.5 million in bonds last spring, the district promoted this vote as a “No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue.” Which is why, when the Board of Education holds its annual tax levy hearing next Thursday, school board members are going to do their best to keep property taxes from rising. Property … Continue reading

Cuts to Instruction as Building Continues in the Shawnee Mission School District

Monday evening, Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Gene Johnson will present a budget to the board of education with a general fund at least $5 million leaner than last year’s. Instruction will take the largest percentage of cuts in the general fund. The largest percentage of instructional savings will come from driver’s education, while the … Continue reading


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