Board says schools ready if growth occurs

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— The Hayden School Board agreed on Wednesday night that it has enough room in each of its buildings if the town begins to grow.

A long list of development proposals could add several hundred students to the school system.

"We aren't looking at any new structures," said Superintendent Scott Mader, "but this is the time to start thinking about it."

Despite talk of growth in the future, the school at present is down several students from past years. Districts receive funding per student.

The Progress for Education campaign is in the works for Election Day to supplement the lost income to the schools with an increase in property taxes.

The campaign is staffed with several volunteers from the board. At the meeting, it was announced yard signs and fliers will be ready for distribution at the next board meeting, scheduled for Oct. 9.

In other business, the board gave an update on the Cyber School, an alternative learning experience for kids who have difficulty in the traditional classroom setting.

Students are still being tested as part of the screening process. Mader said this year the Cyber School will serve 10 students.

New fire alarms will be installed in the middle school, high school and transportation building.

A snow-removal contract was rewarded to R.N. Robinson & Son Inc. of Hayden.

The board voted to raise substitute teacher pay to $80 a day in an attempt to be more competitive with neighboring districts.

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