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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

USD 348 Board of Education Discusses Capital Outlay and Inter-Local Agreement

Kevin Surbaugh

Baldwin USD 348 School Board convened it’s regular meeting on July 17, 2017, with a look at the capital outlay. The board spent most of the time looking at bus camera upgrades. Russ Harding, director of transportation said half the buses have cameras. The camera system can’t be upgraded. He cannot justify the replacing them all at once, so the plan is to replace part of them, and have two separate systems until all cameras have been replaced in a few years. The camera’s will not be replaced until the bus is coming out of service. The board unanimously approved the capital outlay fund be approved with Board-Members Sandy Chapman moved and Chad Christie seconded.

For the second meeting in a row the board heard about the Neighborhood Revitalization Program(NRP). At the last meeting Glenn Rodden, City Administrator of Baldwin City, addressed the board to see if the board would enter into an inter-local agreement to encourage growth in new construction. At the last meeting Rodden said that it would affect new residential and commercial construction inside the city limits. It however, would not affect any tax-exempt organization such as not-for-profits or government buildings.
Rodden was present again, to answer any questions the board might have.
Board-Member Sandy Chapman wondered if some in the district would feel that this agreement was favoring city residents over those outside city limits.
Board President Nick Harris, who was absent last month, said that he would like to get another month to mull over the idea, perhaps to sit down with Rodden at City Hall to learn a little more about the program.

In other business Board...

  • unanimously re-elected Nick Harris and Chard Christie as Board President and Vice-President respectfully.

  • unanimously agreed to retain Christie and Sandy Chapman as representatives to the negotiations board.
  • unanimously 
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