Area schools preparing for students
As the lazy days of summer swing to an end, area school staffs join in the final push to prepare for the first day of school.
At Tonganoxie Elementary School, principal Jerry Daskoski described the last-minute work as "very hot and heavy."
"I guess you could say there's lots going on," he added. "Of course, this is enrollment week and we started out with our Jumpstart Academy last week to help kids who need a little refreshing, academically, to get ready for school."
And then there's the tornado, from which the hard-hit elementary school has nearly recovered.
"We're in really good shape," Daskoski said. "I just need to commend Diane Bretthauer and the Hartford Insurance Company for all their work. Going through the experience of having a tornado obviously isn't a good one, but they made everything positive there are actually things that look better now than before the tornado."
Also, Daskoski said that at Monday's special board meeting, Brenda Jo Frost, Eudora, was hired to fill a vacancy created when the board appointed Deniece Wakeman as the Reading Recovery teacher. Frost, who graduated from Emporia State University in December, worked for the Eudora school district during the spring semester.
At nearby Basehor-Linwood, for the first time in three years, school will start quietly. The district has seen massive renovation and building, resulting in a new elementary school, additions to the high school and updates at the other schools.
In Tonganoxie, classes will begin at 8:05 a.m. and will be dismissed at noon on Aug. 17. On the next day, Aug. 18, classes will run from 8:05 a.m. until 3:05 p.m.
At McLouth Elementary School, classes start at 8:10 a.m. and run until noon Aug. 17. The next day, classes will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:21 p.m.
At the Basehor-Linwood schools, the first day of school, Aug. 17, will only be a half-day.
After that, school hours will be: Linwood Elementary, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Basehor-Linwood Middle School, 8 a.m. to 3:08 p.m., Basehor Elementary School and Glenwood Ridge Elementary School will both run from and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Basehor-Linwood High School, 7:57 a.m. to 3 p.m.