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Showing posts with label Shawnee Mission. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shawnee Mission. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Shawnee Mission School Board increases fees to high school students

The Shawnee Mission School Board in Johnson County, KS. passed a measure to merge two fees, which would require each high school student to pay a yearly $90 activity fee.
At Monday night's meeting Superintendent Gene Johnson introduced a new mandatory participation and activity fee for every student.
The new fee would be mandatory for all high school students in the district. Superintendent Gene Johnson  recommended a $90 high school participation fee at Monday night's monthly school board meeting.
The Shawnee Mission School district already has a $40 activity fee and the district recently approved a new $50 fee. Johnson now wants to merge the two fees so that they are paid by all students whether they attend or participate in extracurricular activities.
Looking at the similar fees around the area, Lawrence charges students $50, Blue Valley $120 and Bonner Springs $200.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Blue Valley & Shawnee Mission School Districts seek feedback on upcoming cuts

Schools seek feedback on upcoming cuts: "Facing the possibility of deep funding cuts, the Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission school districts are hosting community forums this week to let patrons know what the future might hold.

Blue Valley faces possible cuts of $8 million to $9 million to deal with funding losses from last year and potential losses to come, Board President Steve Klika said.

“We want to begin the educational process for our families so they understand what we’ll be wrestling through,” he said.

Shawnee Mission could have to cut $10.7 million from its 2010-11 budget, Board Vice President Deb Zila said. This follows cuts made last year due to state funding losses and lower property values.

“We had to take more than $10 million out of our budget last year, so it is pretty devastating here,” Zila said. “We will encourage people to get a hold of their legislators and tell them they are concerned. We really cannot have any more cuts in education, and the financial formula has eventually got to get righted.”"

In my opinion to make keep the Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission School Districts has premier school districts, they need to make some drastic changes.

First, they need to get rid of their tenure system. The tenure system is a joke. Teachers know after they are tenured they don't have to work as hard. Reward teachers for their teaching abilities not for how long they have been teaching. I'm not picking on tenured teachers. There are some great ones who are actively improving their skills. I also don't think you grade teachers on how their pupils score because you may have a teacher who gets low performers in their classroom.

Second, due to budget cuts, the schools need to get rid of extracurricular sports. If kids want to participate, pony up the money. The school districts don't have the funds. I agree that sports are important, but not more important than the basics. For now, kids can join none school teams. My ideas don't cut varsity high school basketball and football.

Third, the school districts need get rid of the fluff. Teaching should be about the basics: English, Math, Reading & Science. Everything else while there are budget cuts gets cut.

I have other ideas that I will share in future blog post.

Let us know what you think or add to our blog by writing a comment.

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