Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bonner Springs-Edwardsville district reports enrollment growth of 19 students

Bonner Springs High School senior Jessica Johnson tells school board members about her senior project, in which she and several students built 20 infant caskets to donate to parents who have lost their children.

Bonner Springs High School senior Jessica Johnson tells school board members about her senior project, in which she and several students built 20 infant caskets to donate to parents who have lost their children.

September 30, 2010

It’s “good news” in Bonner Springs-Edwardsville USD 204 in terms of enrollment.

During Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Robert VanMaren reported district enrollment numbers were up by 19 students over last year. This count is more than what had initially been projected for the 2010-2011 budget, he said.

“So the good news is … we budgeted for plus 15 and we showed up with plus 19,” VanMaren said. “So, knock on wood … it looks like we’re right on (track with our budget).”

Broken down by school, the enrollment numbers show:

• An increase of nine students at Bonner Springs Elementary, which has 429 students this year.

• An increase of three students at Delaware Ridge Elementary, which has 372 students this year.

• An increase of 37 students at Edwardsville Elementary, which has 421 students this year.

• An increase of 10 students at Clark Middle School, which has 554 students this year.

• A decrease of 40 students at Bonner Springs High School, which has 717 students this year.

The official enrollment count day for Kansas public school districts was Sept. 20. Official enrollment numbers must be turned in to the state by Oct. 11, and VanMaren said he expected to lose at least one student by then due to an expected expulsion.

“So we’re up 19, (but we’re) probably going to be up 18 at the end of the count time,” he said.

The total student count for all schools in the district this year is 2,493.

Also on Monday, the board:

• Heard a presentation from Bonner Springs High School senior Jessica Johnson, who talked about her senior project where she and several students built 20 infant caskets to donate to parents who have lost their children. The project was an extension of industrial technology teacher Kris Munsch’s Birdhouse Project.

Johnson said she came up with the idea for her senior project after seeing an infant casket Munsch had already built in his classroom and talking to him about how much such a donation could benefit a family.

“I chose it to be my senior project because after I … talked to (Munsch), it was just something I couldn’t stop thinking about,” Johnson said.

She said before taking on the project, she “didn’t realize how much someone goes through” emotionally and financially when losing a child. The project is right in line with her future career endeavors, Johnson said, as she wants to one day become a neonatal nurse.

“I commend you for working on something like this,” said board member Gregg Gibson. “It’s very neat.”

Johnson said anyone interested in donating funds or materials to the project, which is still ongoing, should contact Munsch. He can be reached at BSHS at munschk@usd204.net.

• Unanimously approved adoption of the agenda.

• Unanimously approved minutes from the Aug. 23 meeting.

• Unanimously approved the treasurer and clerk’s report.

• Unanimously approved warrants totaling $200,128.83.

• Unanimously approved a resolution to establish a PayPal account for the purchase of needed items. The account will work much like a credit card, with a limit of $2,000. Only Ken Clark, director of technology, will have authorization to use the account.

• Unanimously approved a resolution to adopt a Section 125 flexible fringe benefits plan.

• Unanimously approved the cancellation of the Oct. 4 meeting. The next meeting will be Oct. 18 in the Bonner Springs High School media center.

• Broke for executive session to discuss non-elected personnel and negotiations, after which no action was taken.

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