Bus routes back on Hayden School Board agenda

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What: Hayden School Board meeting

Where: Board meeting room of the district's administrative offices, 495 W. Jefferson Ave.

When: 6 p.m. today

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A list of the proposed bus stops and north and south town maps can be viewed on the Hayden School Disrict's Web site, www.haydenschools...

— At tonight's Hayden School Board meeting, board members will discuss new bus routes and implications to local schools of the Home Rule Charter that town voters approved last month.

The bus issue was raised in June when a group of parents circulated a petition opposing a rumor that the district was considering cutting service to students who live in town. At the time, Superintendent Greg Rockhold said the district was exploring what cost savings the district could realize with the possibility of cutting the service. But he said that exploration was in the earliest stage and that no determination had even been considered.

Parents' concerns were alleviated in July, when Transportation Director Festus Hagins presented the School Board with a proposal that would reduce the number of bus stops from 42 to 16. Hagins said by eliminating stops, some children would have to walk as far as half a mile but would not have to cross U.S. Highway 40, a concern raised by parents when the rumor arose that the district would cut service.

Hagins said the new bus routes would allow the district to save money by eliminating wear and tear on vehicles.

Rockhold said Tuesday that Hagins was working on pick-up times for each stop, which weren't presented during the presentation in July. The board also will be asked whether to approve the new bus schedule and routes.

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin will give board members a presentation about how approval of the Home Rule Charger could affect the district, Rockhold said.

The change from statutory to home rule allows the Hayden Town Council to decide whether to put new tax initiatives on ballots. Rockhold said the change also would allow the School Board to put a tax before voters.

Other action items include approving the capital expenditures, the student activity fee schedule, free and reduced meal policy, child nutrition program renewal agreement, a resolution to participate in the November election, the National Incident Management System resolution with the Routt County Schools Safety and Security Task Force, and a memo of understanding with Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services to support the preschool program.

The board also will be asked to approve the hires of a half-time kindergarten paraprofessional, a literacy teacher for Hayden Middle School and a Hayden High School volleyball coach. The board also will be asked to renew some classified staff members.

Rockhold said those would complete the district's new hires for the 2009-10 school year, which begins Sept. 8.

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