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Volume 15, Number 4

July 2018

BOND ISSUE RESOLUTION A Message from the Superintendent


t a special meeting on June 13, the USD 458 Board of Education adopted a resolution to move forward with a two question $57.1 million bond issue that will be up for vote by mail-in ballot from August 17th to September 6th. We believe all of the projects listed on the ballot will not increase our mill levy, due to the growth happening in and around our community! There will be two questions on the September mail-in

ballot. The first question will ask you to vote YES or NO for: • Construction of a new early childhood education center • Construction of two new elementary schools (moving Linwood Elementary to a new building farther east along K32 and building another between 24/40 and Parallel Rd.) • Addition of classrooms and a performing arts center to Basehor-Linwood Middle School

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Securing the entrance of Glenwood Ridge Elementary school Renovations to existing District facilities

The second question will ask you to vote YES or NO for: • Improvements to athletic facilities, including renovations to the BLHS football stadium • Addition of tennis court facilities • Construction of a multipurpose building at BLHS

Basehor-Linwood School District #458

David Howard USD 458 Superintendent 913.724.1396

*Open this newsletter to pages 4, 5 and 6 to learn more about Bond 2018!*



asehor-Linwood High School and Basehor-Linwood Virtual School celebrated the graduation of 155 students in the Class of 2018 on the evening of May 10, 2018.


Class of 2018!

Above and below: Graduating Care Cats paraded elementary schools on the morning of May 10th.

Left: BLHS senior Julia Suarez (center) was awarded the Faye Carney Gehl scholarship of $25,000 this year. Presenting the award at the Commencement ceremony were Joe Gehl (left) and his father, Andy Gehl (right), who is the son of the late Faye Carney Gehl. Right: Tuckker Johnson and Rylea Oliver were announced as the Senior Athletes of the Year at an assembly on April 26th. Each earned a $450 scholarship to school of their choice from Simple Simon’s Pizza of Basehor.

Basehor-Linwood School District #458


Invest today. We’ve put a list of Frequently Asked Questions together about Bond 2018, but keep an eye out for informational meeting dates around Basehor and Linwood to get the full presentation and all the information!

be jumping to 5A classification, which increases the need for upgrades to some of our athletic facilities. Why did the Board decide to put this up for election in September?

The USD 458 Board of EduWhy are there two quescation discussed with architions on the ballot? tects, our Bond underwriters and realized that if the Bond The first reason there are were to go up for election two questions is that when in January, or any time next we were submitting informa- year, we would not have tion to the County Clerk, we students in the new buildwere unsure if our growth ings UNTIL the 2021-2022 in valuation would keep the school year. If Bond 2018 mill levy flat. Second, our passes this September, most pressing need is class- we will begin the selection room space due to growth process for the Construction and keeping class sizes Manager At-Risk immesmaller. Because of the size diately. The Board would of our high school, we will strongly consider using HTK Architects again, as they have worked very well with us in the past, to begin planning and design immediately. Bond 2018 Details..................1,4-6 Construction Class of 2018............................2-3 would begin as soon Important Dates............................5 as posBLEF Major Saver Campaign.......6 sible after all Academic Calendar.......................7 plans are in place, which Voter Registration Info..................8 means that our new elementary

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and early childhood center would, ideally, open in time for the 2020-2021 school year. Do we really need two new elementary schools? It’s no secret that the Basehor-Linwood School District is growing! With four major new housing developments at Center Point, Tomahawk Valley, Falcon Lakes and Prairie Gardens, there is the potential of 200 new homes in Basehor within the next two years. Our Kindergarten Round Up last spring tells us we’re on track to hit the largest kindergarten class ever with nearly 200 students pre-enrolled in 2018-2019. For comparison, last year’s kindergarten class was 172 students. Kansas State Department of Education Audited Headcount numbers since 2013: 2013 - 2,200 students 2014 - 2,339 students 2015 - 2,415 students 2016 - 2,468 students 2017 - 2,544 students 2018 - 2,624 students

This is an average growth of just under 4% per year! Where will the two new elementary schools be built? Although land has not yet been acquired, so the exact plats of land are unknown, the plan is to build one elementary building between 24/40 and Parallel, and move Linwood Elementary to a new building farther east along Hwy. 32. This will also alleviate overcrowding at Glenwood Ridge Elementary. The District plans to wait until after the election to purchase the land, as it would then be eligible for nearly 20% State Aid. What happens to the current Linwood Elementary school if the bond passes? USD 458 will be repurposing the current Linwood Elementary School for use by the Tonganoxie/Basehor-

impact tomorrow. Linwood Special Education Cooperative for programs like Choices and New Beginnings. Where will the attendance boundaries shift to for elementary students? Good question! Once the locations of the buildings are determined, we should know more! What is an early childhood center and why do we need one? The early childhood education center would allow us to offer preschool for 4 year olds going into kindergarten the following year. It would also house our 3-5 year old special education programs and provide a space for our Parents As Teachers. The District is considering a daycare in this building, as well, allowing staff to utilize childcare services for which they would pay. We are looking at this as a perk to recruit and retain staff.

BLMS would provide space for the demands of school and community performances (especially with two new buildings), as well as be a close location for Glenwood Ridge Elementary School and the new Linwood Elementary School events. Why do we need to upgrade the football stadium and add tennis courts? With the growth that we expect in the next few years at Basehor-Linwood High School alone, and as part of the new United Kansas Conference, BLHS will be a 5A school in the 201819 school year. We would like the ability to afford our students the opportunity to participate in the same activities as other schools in our new league. If the Board tightened its Non-Resident Policy, would we need two new elementary schools?

Yes. In the 2018-2019 school year, USD 458 has 100 non-resident students enrolled in the district. 44 of those students are children of our employees, which means the rest account for only 2% of our total number of students. Even if we elim-

inated EVERY non-resident student, it would not reduce our overall number of teaching positions, as there aren’t many that aren’t children of employees and they don’t currently affect class sizes. If this is a no mill increase Bond, how is the District paying for it? Because Basehor is growing with several new housing developments, our USD 458 Assessed Valuation increased by over $14 million this year to $165,454,213. You can see our last six valuations in the chart below. (Continue reading on pg. 6!)

Mark Your Calendars! Tuesday, 7/31

Bond 2018 Informational Meeting at Basehor Community Library, 7 p.m.

Thursday, 8/2

Schools Open; In-Building Enrollment

Tuesday, 8/7

Bond 2018 Informational Meeting at Linwood Library, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 8/15

First Day of School, K-6 & 9th Grades

Thursday, 8/16

First Day of School, 7-8 & 10-12 Grades Voter Registration Closes

Friday, 8/17

Bond 2018 Ballots in Mailboxes

Wednesday, 8/22

If you haven’t received your Bond 2018 ballot - contact the County Clerk’s Office at 913.684.0421.

Friday, 8/31

Put your Bond 2018 ballot in the mail!

Why do we need a performing arts center at Basehor-Linwood Middle School?

Monday, 9/3

No School; Holiday, District Offices Closed

Tuesday, 9/4

No School; In-Service and Collaboration

The District currently has one auditorium to facilitate the needs of six schools and the community. An additional performing arts center at

Thursday, 9/6

Last chance to cast your vote for Bond 2018! Deadline is 12:00 p.m.! Basehor-Linwood School District #458


BOND 2018 Information (cont.) With this increase in valuation, and a conservative increase estimated in each of the next few years, our bond underwriters, PiperJaffray, are helping us to restructure our current bonds to keep the mill levy flat. What happens if Bond 2018 doesn’t pass in September? Because of the inevitable growth in our BasehorLinwood School District over the next few years, the Board would likely propose another Bond in 2019. However, this timeline will quite possibly require us to look at additional temporary facilities for our incoming kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year, and considerably increased class sizes in our current buildings. Even if a bond

passes in 2019, we would not be able to have students in new buildings until the 2021-2022 school year, one year later than Bond 2018. Why is the vote by mail-in ballot? Because the resolution was adopted in June, it was too late to get on the November ballot. In addition, mail-in ballot elections allow for more participation from residents. How do I get my ballot? Every active voter will receive a ballot at the mailing address provided through their voter registration file by August 16th. To check to see if you are registered, and to make sure your current address is correct, visit https://myvoteinfo.voteks. org/VoterView/

If I am voting by mail, when must the county clerk receive my ballot?

Where can I keep up-todate on the latest Bond 2018 news?

We are recommending that you mail your ballot by Friday, August 31st to ensure delivery to the courthouse on time! You can personally deliver to the Leavenworth County Courthouse up until noon on September 6th.

We plan to host community meetings in August at Basehor Community Library (set for July 31st at 7 p.m.), Linwood Library (set for August 7 at 7:30 p.m.), and to present at various other meetings.

What should I do if I do not receive my ballot or I make a mistake, damage or lose my ballot?

Check the “Mark Your Calendars!” section on page 3 for important Bond 2018 dates. There is a Bond 2018 page on our District website and we will continue to post information on our Facebook page. You can always call the Basehor-Linwood District Office to ask any additional questions at 913.724.1396!

You may request a ballot or a replacement ballot from the County Clerk’s office at the Leavenworth County Courthouse by calling 913.684.0421. If you do not receive your ballot in the mail by August 22nd, please contact the County Clerk’s office.

BLEF Major Saver Earns BIG!


hanks to elementary and middle school students who work hard selling discount cards, the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation earned over $21,000 from the Major Saver Discount Card Sales campaign last April! Our students work hard on card sales each spring,


and it pays off for BLEF - and for their buildings! Half of what each building sold will go BACK to their building...the other half to BLEF’s Teacher Incentive Grants! Pictured at right are BLEF President David Gunn and Major Saver President, Kelly Osborn.

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PO Box 282 Basehor, KS 66007

Look inside for information on Bond 2018!

How do I register to vote? You can register to vote at the Leavenworth County Courthouse, or you can register online at: https:// Note that you will have to submit evidence of US citizenship if you are registering to vote for the first time or if you are new to Kansas. You can upload this document via PDF online or mail, fax, email or hand deliver a copy to the Leavenworth County Election Office. To register online, you must: 1) Verify your voting eligibility. 2) Verify that you have a valid driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card. 3) Enter your personal information. How do I get my ballot? Every active voter will receive a ballot at the mailing address provided through their voter registration file by August 17th. To check to see if you are registered, and to make sure your current address is correct, visit 8

July 2018 UPDATE  

Bond 2018 Information and Class of 2018 Celebrations

July 2018 UPDATE  

Bond 2018 Information and Class of 2018 Celebrations