Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Hayden For Hayden school officials, no news is hopefully good news.
At a meeting of the Hayden School Board on Wednesday night, board members and district administrators discussed community feedback about the four-day school weeks that began Dec. 2 and will continue into March. The shortened weeks are designed to give teachers time to plan and integrate curriculum -- and to give struggling students time to receive specialized tutoring -- every Friday during the winter.
Brian Hoza, president of the School Board, said he has been expecting to receive phone calls from community members who have problems with the shortened weeks, such as difficulty finding day care or activities for their children. The lack of concerns, he said, likely means that the schedule is working well for parents.
"I think if (those issues) weren't getting resolved, we'd be hearing about it," Hoza said.
Board member Jody Camilletti said she has received positive feedback on the schedule -- from the one community member who voiced an opinion.
Superintendent Mike Luppes said the desired effect of the schedule -- higher scores from students on standardized tests -- needs time to develop.
"The third year is when I imagine we will see results," he said.
In other action Wednesday, Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel raised the idea of creating an expanded, online computer lab in the school next year, to allow students to take community college and Advanced Placement courses on the Web.
Also, board members discussed changes to next year's calendar, such as starting before Labor Day and shortening winter break. The board plans to receive feedback from parents on next year's calendar with an upcoming survey.
The board also approved a batch of guidelines for upcoming district policies about issues such as school wellness, first aid, bus driver regulations and student dropouts.
Board members accepted the resignations of middle school social studies teacher Vicki Trousdale and band teacher Don Cherni, effective at the end of this school year.