Hayden considers forum to discuss student issues

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— Hayden High School Princi--pal Troy Zabel said Wednesday night that addressing recent behavior issues at the high school would take the efforts of the entire community.

Juveniles are suspected of vandalizing high school property and stealing a car during the weekend.

Also, three Hayden teenagers are facing multiple counts of assault in a case involving the alleged branding of other students at a March 11 party.

Zabel said he met with Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin to brainstorm about ways for the school and town to collaborate.

"I think the school is part of the solution, but I think it's a community issue," Zabel said.

He presented a concept for School Board members and Town Board members to "create a community forum so we can come together and talk about these issues," he said.

Zabel said Martin would discuss the possibility with the Town Board during its meeting tonight at Hayden Town Hall.

Several School Board members agreed to participate in the community forum.

"The School Board has talked for a while about more collaboration," School Board President Brian Hoza said. "It's a small enough community that we should be able to work together for common goals instead of working individually."

The School Board also heard about student success.

Zabel and middle school Principal Gina Zabel told the School Board that Colorado Student Assessment Program tests went well.

"Students seemed to be much more engaged, but the tell-tale time will be in August when we get results," Troy Zabel said.

The School Board also:

Unanimously approved the second reading of a policy for supplemental employment of retired staff members;

Unanimously approved the 2006-07 academic calendar;

Unanimously approved a capital expenditure of $6,996 for school bus radio equipment.

-- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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