Coal trucks, buses to share Twentymile

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— Coal companies that use Twentymile Road will continue operate their trucks on the road during school bus route times, but they have made an agreement with the Hayden School District to observe added safety precautions.

Hayden School District Transportation Director Darren Zehner shared his concerns about coal trucks operating on Twentymile Road during bus route times at the last School Board meeting. In the past, the trucks stopped operation during bus route times.

He said several options had been discussed to keep school children safe, including building pullout lanes on the road at bus stops and stopping coal truck traffic altogether. The School Board and the coal companies agreed that stopping truck traffic is not necessary.

"That power plant is way too big of an economic importance for us to change the way they do business," School Board Treasurer Patty Bruchez said.

The coal companies have agreed to erect signs reminding truck drivers "school bus stop ahead," so that the trucks can slow down properly and keep an extra close eye out for children, Bruchez said.

At tonight's meeting, the School Board also will consider approving new math curriculum. The curriculum would involve creating a map for teachers that indicates where each student left off the year before, what each needs to learn in the year and what the timeframe for learning it is.

In other business, the Hayden School Board will:

n Review the results of a financial audit of the 2002-2003 fiscal year.

n Designate a current staff member from each of the three schools and the administration office to be the "Web keeper" for their respective groups. That person will be compensated for their additional duties in creating, implementing and maintaining elements of the school district's Web site.

n Hear a presentation from Margaret Berglund and Paul Van Horn about the Hayden Cyberschool, which is a program that gives students the option of earning their high school diploma via online classes.

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