Requirements forum today

Senior Odyssey program, other issues up for debate

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The Graduation Requirement Committee will hold a public forum tonight in the Steamboat Springs Middle School cafeteria.

Committee members chose the location because of a crowd expected for the event.

What: Community forum to discuss graduation requirements, including the Senior Odyssey program, foreign language curriculum, science requirements and more.

When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Steamboat Springs Middle School cafeteria

Forum guidelines

From the Graduation Requirements Committee: Each person will be given a maximum of three minutes to speak

If someone has said what you wish to say, express support for that point but, in the interests of time, please do not repeat it.

Please be respectful of other speakers and opinions.

"I think we'll have a very good turnout," Steamboat Springs Middle School Prin--cipal Tim Bishop said. "I would hope that people with a number of different opinions are able to speak."

Participants in the forum will be encouraged to speak about any issue involving the Steamboat Springs School District's curriculum or graduation requirements. The committee has been meeting for more than two months to discuss changes for the next school year and beyond. Most of that discussion has involved the Senior Odyssey program, an expansion of foreign language instruction and changes to science requirements.

Gathering public input is crucial to creating recommendations the committee hopes to give the School Board in January, committee members have said.

"I am really excited to hear what people think and why," Bishop said Tuesday, adding that he was "very much undecided" about several issues, including Odyssey.

Bishop said a speaking area would be set up for the forum.

District Superintendent Donna Howell said the forum would be videotaped for School Board members and district administrators, such as herself, who cannot be present at the event. Howell said she would be traveling today.

Veteran educator Lynn Kelley will moderate the forum. She is a retired educator with 32 years of experience, including as executive director of Student Services in the Cherry Creek School District. She has a doctorate in educational administration and curriculum development and has been facilitating discussion at requirement committee meetings since the committee's inception.

More time for public comment could be added to the allotted 90 minutes at Kelley's discretion, Howell said.

-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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