The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 27, 1998 · Page 4
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Ai4 WEDNESDAY. MAY 27, 1998 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL T SALINA SCHOOL BOARD Board wants study of education costs in state £* DICKINSON *%||f :i ) • ' FROM THE CREATORS OF INDEPENDENCE DAY Members hope school board association studies state funding By CAROL LICHTI T^e Salina Journal The Salina School Board is hoping for more clout when it tries to influence the Legislature next year on school funding. The hoard Tuesday discussed asking the Kansas Association of School Boards to study education costs in the state. "We need something that could be considered a nonbiased study," Superintendent Gary Norris said. Salina, one of the lowest-funded districts in Kansas on a per-pupil basis, is part of Schools for Fair Funding, a group of 24 similar- sized districts that has studied education funding, looking for inequities. "Not everyone trusts the studies that Schools for Fair Funding has done," Norris said. .But convincing the state school board association to fund such a study might not be easy, Norris said. Members of the association, particularly those from small districts, might view a study as a way to challenge the additional funding that small schools receive for lower enrollments. The Salina board has maintained that small schools deserve the extra funds and that middle-sized districts like Salina also deserve more dollars. The Schilling neighborhood The board Tuesday also gave Norris a nod of approval to work T STATE AGENCY with city officials and other organizations to improve the neighborhood of Schilling Elementary School, 3121 Canterbury. The city wants to build a park in the area, which Norris said he hoped would be on school district property. The district also could open the school as a community center for the neighborhood, providing access to the library and computer laboratories. "We're looking at ideas on how to get the neighborhood working together," Norris said. Board member Don Lamb said the planning could work into the school district's hope to renovate and expand Schilling school. The district is preparing a bond issue for the fall to build and remodel schools. Partnerships between the schools, city and other entities are relationships the board hopes to foster. The board Tuesday heard about a partnership between Franklin- Lowell Elementary School, 1009 Highland and 830 S. Ninth, and Security Savings Bank, 317 S. Santa Fe. This school year, bank employees spent four weeks working one- on-one with students in a pilot program, which will continue next school year. Employees were given time in their work schedule to visit the schools as tutors. Employees logged 42 hours as volunteers in one month. "We want to say thanks and don't stop now," principal Mary Ann Lay said. "People in the business field and community don't realize what a commitment this is and how far-reaching it is." New leader of bonding agency named by Graves By The Associated Press TOPEKA — The agency that handles bond issues for most of state government has a new president amid two investigations into its business trip expenses. Gov. Bill Graves announced the appointment Tuesday of Kenneth Frahm as president of the Kansas Development Finance Authority. Frahm has served on the five. member board that oversees the authority since August 1997. A statement from the governor's press office said the previous president, Bill Caton, of Auburn, resigned. Caton has said no wrongdoing occurred in the agency. Y CRIME Koch Commission director leaves post By The Associated Press ;TOPEKA — Steve Davies, a former secretary of the Department of Corrections, is relinquishing directorship of the Koch Crime Commission to return to his education roots as director of a special education cooperative in Brown County. Davies has served three years as executive director of the commission, an 11-member body created to .study the state's criminal justice system. ijpavies will remain as a member of the commission. Jerry Wells, the commission's lawyer, will serve as interim director. Frahm, of Colby, is the husband of former Lt. Gov. and U.S. Sen. Sheila Frahm, now executive director of the state association for community colleges. The Frahm family has a farming operation, but Kenneth Frahm has taught a real estate finance course at Washburn University of Topeka and serves on a local Na- tionsBank advisory board. Legislators ordered an audit of the KDFA's spending on travel and hospitality expenses and its practices for hiring attorneys. The audit was requested by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, who said he had heard reports of exorbitant hospitality spending. CARROL HAMILTON I Roofing Company Since 7962 Free Estimates, All Work Guaranteed If-800-864-4637 • 785-452-9224 CARI'KTS PROFESSIONALLY STEAM CLEANED • Carpets, Furniture & Drapery Cleaned on location Fire & Water Restoration 24 Hour Emergency Service "The standard of American homes for generations" (785) 826-9229 • 1-888-513-2538 Scotchgancl VISA/MC/AmEx Discover * * Licensed Summer Day Camp For kdg. enrollees-up to 12 yrs. on-site at YMCA & YWCA Roller Skating Bowling Art Projects Flag Football Soccer Movies Racquet Ball Trips to Topeka Zoo, Fanta Sea * * ^ • And Don't forget Swimming! Sliding fee scale I'or those who qualify. Ask us about it. For Camp SWAT Packet Call (785) 825-2151 or stop by Brenda Williams, who coordinates the program for the bank, said employees told her they received much in return for spending an hour at the school. "One of the officers came back and gave me a hug because it was the most fun she'd had in a long time," Williams said. Other business The board also: • Approved fund-raising and out-of-state trips for Salina Central High School students to attend career conferences and competitions in Florida and Kentucky during the next school year. • Approved an application for $3.6 million in federal funds to provide a fiber optic network linking schools, human service agencies, health care providers and others in the community. • Approved a bid of $7,575 from D&H Distributing of Harrisburg, Pa., and $17,701 from Douglas Stewart Co. of Madison, Wis., for calculators. • Approved a bid of $7,677 from Sports Connection of Salina for boys' basketball uniforms. • Approved the sale of lathes, engines, a tractor transmission and a pickup belonging to the Salina Area Vocational-Technical School through closed bids on June 25. • Approved two grant applications, one federal and one state, to expand the Early Head Start program in Saline, Dickinson and Ellsworth counties. • Approved revisions in policies on attendance to the district's athletic, elementary, middle school and high school handbooks. • Approved an agreement with the Smoky Hill Education Service Center to provide regular and special education for students at the St. Francis Academy in Salina with a computerized high school diploma program. • Approved minor revisions in the district's policy for school volunteers. 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