The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 9, 1996 · Page 6
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AS WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 9. 1996 V SALINA SCHOOL BOARD GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL Salina School Board OKs use of modular classrooms Temporary classrooms to ease overcrowding at 3 elementary schools By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salinn Journal Salina's neighborhood elementary schools are Goliaths on Lilliputian islands — too large buildings on too small acreages, according to national standards. Tuesday, despite reservations, Salina School Board members approved the purchase of modular classrooms for three schools at a cost of $215,322. The modular rooms will eat up more real estate but ease overcrowding and expand educational opportunities at Oakdale, Hageman and Franklin elementary schools. A list of items for bid approval, including the modular classrooms, was approved 6-1 by the board, with member Jerry Lundgrin dissenting. "We're landlocked and this takes more area away from the green area we're told we desperately need," said Lundgrin, during a discussion on the issue. Lundgrin said he'd rather see the district work to bring a construction and renovation plan to voters sooner. "I don't like modulars either," said Superintendent Gary Norris. "But what you're suggesting is a two-and-a-half to three-year process to get our program done. This gives us some relief in the T KANSAS LEGISLATURE "It's important to realize this is a Band-Aid, We have to address the long-term need." Jerry Lundgrin lone board member to vote against purchase of modular classrooms meantime." A study by the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International recommends new elementary schools be built on no less than 10 acres, with one acre added for each 100 students. Most Salina elementary schools, with 400 students, would need a 14- acre site to comply, Norris said. In comparison, Oakdale school has 2.56 acres, Hageman has 6.18 acres and Franklin has 2.2 acres. At Franklin, the modular room will be used as a computer laboratory and a work space for teachers without their own classrooms. The modular room at Oakdale will also be used for computers and some teachers, freeing up space in the school library and allowing the school music room to be shifted to one of two cottage classrooms already on the school grounds. At Hageman, the modular room will allow a third section of kindergarten to move back to the school from a leased room at the nearby United Methodist Church of the Cross. The modular rooms .will be placed on steel foundations. Each room is 28 feet wide and 66 feet Legislators studying school-finance woes Current system provides extra funding to small districts in state By The Associated Press TOPEKA — A legislative study committee faces a daunting task next month: deciding what to recommend to fix crucial flaws in the state's system for funding public schools. Primary among those flaws are a provision that funnels extra' money to small school districts on the theory they need more to maintain quality equal to that offered in big districts. Another provision allows local districts to exceed their state-mandated budgets by levying extra property taxes. Officials of medium and large school districts complain that the low-enrollment weighting provision providing extra funding to small districts robs all districts of needed increases in state aid. Legislators and school officials fear the local option budget provision allowing districts to impose additional property taxes to enhance their programs will land the state back in court because of the disparity it creates in per- pupil expenditures between rich and poor districts. The Legislature's interim School Finance Committee completed its information gathering phase Tuesday. A search for solutions will begin at its next meeting Nov. 12-13. "I see some pretty significant legislation resulting from our work, most of it focusing on the weighting factors and LOBs," said Sen. Barbara Lawrence, R-Wichita, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee. About $220 million of the $2 billion the state is spending this year on kindergarten-through-12th grade education goes for low-enrollment weighting. Districts with 1,850 or fewer students receive it. CRUISE THE PANAMA CANAL ABOARD THE ROYAL PRINCESS February 11-22. 1997 PERSONALLY ESCORTED BY: KAY AND J.D. WILLIAM! PORTS OF CALL: San Juan, Puerto Rico St. Thomas, Virgin Island! Martinique • Grenada • Caracas? Venezuela • Curacao • Acapulco CALL TODAY FOR DETAILED BROCHURE Hays Travel/Prestige Tours (913) 628-2808 OM -800-423-3970 c jro" 1 Rrookville JLJ s INC i / a 7 a *fe7S ^^ Child'! FOR ONLY Child's Meal $3.95 NOW SERVING: Monday through Friday ( 4:3O to 7:00 p.m. At Casino's 605 E. 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The board also approved the following other bids: • $51,778 to ECS/Technical Education of Springfield, Mo., for a five-station computerized electronics training laboratory for the Salina Area Vocational Technical School. • $305,967.60 to ComputerLand of Salina for computer equipment to be used by Title 1 programs in various Salina elementary schools. • $73,056 to Salina Building Systems Inc. to replace roofs at Bartlett Intermediate Center and Whittier Primary Center. The board also took the following action: • Approved a trip by Education Center students to Branson, Mo. Students in a school-run crafts business program will study the business practices of Branson crafters to learn about working, saving and profit sharing. • Approved a request by Central and South High School swimming booster clubs to raise funds and donate a Scoreboard for the district's swimming pool at South High. The board voted to table a proposal for a waiver of policy so that students suspended from school could receive class credit by at- tending a new program administered by the Salvation Army in Salina. The program is designed to serve students who are serving a short-term, three-to-five-day suspension. The students would complete assignments under the supervision of a certified teacher employed by the Salvation Army. The program is designed to give students incentive to continue working so they don't fall further behind. Lundgrin questioned whether a student who is suspended during finals week, for ifi- stance, could make up tests and still receive credit. "They have to take the responsibility for the behavior that puts them in the situation," he said. 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