Hayden schools begin educational campaign

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— They've been talking about it for weeks, but now the talk is turning to action.

The campaign "Progress for Education: Less Than a Dime a Day" has officially begun.

The idea became a necessity one year ago, School Board Trustee Patty Bruchez said, when the Hayden School District had to cut its staff by one teacher because they were short on funds.

When the high school social studies teacher lost his job, several community members realized something had to change.

"It was very difficult," Bruchez said.

Hayden schools receive $6,000 a year in funding per student. When the district lost several dozen kids the funding went down, but the expenses did not, Bruchez said.

"We couldn't just cut a bus route or a program, but we were down about $140,000," she said referring to the deficit.

The Progress for Education campaign will be asking November voters to accept a $154,000 tax override to compensate for the lost money.

If approved, the money would go toward staff salaries.

Currently, Hayden teachers start at $24,133 a year, well below the salaries of neighboring school districts.

The override would affect property tax figures at an average of $25 a year and increase teacher wages by $2,000.

Between now and Election Day, the campaign board will be speaking at organization meetings, local board meetings and service club meetings to explain the ballot item.

The campaign includes co-chairs Amy Williams and Medora Fralick, School Superintendent Scott Mader, Bill Hayden, Jim Haskins, Chencho Salazar, Kevin Kleckler, Mike Luppes, John Svoboda and Bruchez.

Donations can be made to Marilyn Frentress, PFE Treasurer, and sent to P.O. Box 131, Hayden, 81639.

Anyone interesting in volunteering or for more information call Amy Williams at 276-4293.

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