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De Soto School District Board of Education Meeting — Monday, Jan. 14

De Soto School District’s Board of Education met Monday evening, Jan. 14. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were: A report on the local option budget that will be on the general election ballot next April. According to the agenda: As you may recall, the school district will ask voters for authorization … Continue reading

Park Hill School District Board of Education Meeting — Thursday, Jan. 10

Park Hill School District’s Board of Education met Thursday evening, Jan. 10. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were: Voting unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing refinancing more than $13 million in existing school bond debt in order to save almost a million dollars in interest for the district. Voting unanimously to … Continue reading

Olathe School District Board of Education Meeting — Thursday, Jan. 10

Olathe School District’s Board of Education met Thursday evening, Jan. 10. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were: Considered authorizing the sale of $11 million on school bond debt previously approved by voters but postponed the decision to next month. Heard an update on progress toward selling the district’s Mill Creek Center. … Continue reading

Independence School District Board of Education Meeting — Tuesday, Jan. 8

The Independence School District’s Board of Education met Tuesday evening, Jan. 8. From a policy standpoint, some highlights of their agenda were: Considered approving the district’s annual financial audit report. Considered approving a district regulation.  Heard a legislative update. Received an update on projects funded by school bond debt previously approved by voters. ___________________________________________________ Read … Continue reading

Fort Osage School District Board of Education Meeting — Tuesday, Jan. 8

Fort Osage School District’s Board of Education met Tuesday evening, Jan. 8. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were: A report on projects funded by the sale of school bond debt approved by voters. A report on bond refinancing. A report on school safety in the wake of the shootings at Connecticut’s … Continue reading

December School Board Meetings — Week 2

The Kansas State Board of Education and 19 local school boards met during the second week of December. Kansas State Board of Education Highlights: Heard a report about how the state sets academic standards for student standardized tests. Considered allowing student participation in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) to satisfy the state’s physical … Continue reading

December School Board Meetings — Week 1

Four local school boards met during the first week of December. Kansas Olathe Highlights: Received an update on projects funded by the sale of school bond debt approved by voters. Some funds will be spent on air filters, asphalt, concrete and installation of carpet and tile. Received an update on plans to allow staff and … Continue reading

November School Board Meetings — Week 3

The Kansas State Board of Education and 21 local school boards met during the third week of November. Kansas State Board of Education Highlights: Considered adopting an official state definition of the phrase “College and Career ready.” Districts throughout the state are phasing in the new national Common Core Standards, which the state board has … Continue reading

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: Taking advantage of favorable interest rates to save money for the district by refinancing some … Continue reading

October School Board Reports — Week 2

15 local school boards met last week. Kansas Basehor Linwood Highlight: Heard financial audit report for fiscal year that ended last summer Blue Valley Highlight: Received a report on the district’s annual financial audit De Soto Highlights: Considered adopting a district policy governing “Energy Conservation” Heard an enrollment report, which showed an increase of 89 students (which … Continue reading

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