Vocational building on Hayden agenda

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— The popularity of Hayden High School's vocational programs is not in doubt, but questions as to the program's direction are being discussed.

The Hayden School Board will discuss a vocational building at its meeting Wednesday. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the administrative offices, 495 W. Jefferson Ave.

"We are trying to project out in the future : where we want the vo-tech program to be," Superintendent Mike Luppes said.

Vocation teacher Kevin Kleckler has received grant money to put toward the district's auto body class. The auto body class is just one vocational class offered in Hayden. Other classes include auto mechanics, welding and diesel mechanics.

The classes are housed near the bus barn building past the grandstands on the east edge of the secondary campus. There is no room for expansion on the district's property in the middle of town.

"It's very cramped," Luppes said.

Enrollment in the vocational classes has remained steady through the years with as many as a dozen students in a class, but the district has expanded the number of vocational classes it has offered to meet demand.

On Wednesday, the School Board will focus on facility needs for the program.

The School Board also is scheduled to hear a report from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services and receive a presentation on the yearbook timeline.

The board also will act on several capital expenditure items and the middle school and high school improvement goals.

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