Hayden restructures school administration

Tony Zabel to earn stipend next school year as secondary principal duties increase

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What: Hayden School Board meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Room 165 at Hayden High School, across the hall from the office

— The Hayden School District will save $109,000 next school year after restructuring its administration.

Superintendent Mike Luppes said the district will have 2 1/2 administrators for the 2010-11 school year instead of the four it had last school year. The School Board, which meets at 6 p.m. today, scaled back the administration to save money given anticipated funding cuts from the state and increased costs next school year.

Luppes said the administrative cuts account for more than 25 percent of the nearly $400,000 trimmed from the 2010-11 school year budget.

To restructure the administration, the School Board approved the formation of a secondary school serving students in grades six through 12. Hayden High School Principal Troy Zabel was named secondary principal in April, and the Hayden Middle School principal position previously held by Gina Zabel was eliminated. Gina Zabel will return to the middle school next year at a reduced salary as its literacy teacher.

As the secondary principal next school year, Troy Zabel will receive an additional $11,620 stipend, which includes salary and benefits. The stipend will cover additional duties for overseeing the middle school, such as extra supervision at extracurricular activities and staff evaluations.

Luppes said the district makes sure an administrator attends all school activities, including sporting events and open houses.

“We just felt that there was some necessary compensation there because there were a number of things that were going to fall on the secondary principal’s plate,” he said about Troy Zabel’s stipend.

No other district staff members were given raises for the 2010-11 school year.

In addition to Troy Zabel, new middle school math teacher Britta Bodine will spend three periods a day serving as middle school dean of students, handling minor student discipline issues and assisting with building coordination, Luppes said. She will teach during the other four periods.

As part of the restructuring, the School Board chose not to renew former superintendent Greg Rockhold’s contract. Luppes, who retired as the district’s superintendent after the 2007-08 school year, was named in June as the district’s half-time superintendent.

Tonight’s board action

The School Board tonight will consider approving a resolution to participate in the November election. No School Board seats are up for election, but board members last month decided to move forward with a ballot question asking voters to consider a mill levy override that would generate an estimated $344,560 annually for the district.

School Board President Brian Hoza has said that revenue generated from the override would help the district address future expected cuts from the state, maintain staff, protect staff salaries and benefits and minimize programs that might be at risk.

He has said a spring survey of Hayden residents living within the district was supportive of an override. The override would cost about $33 per $100,000 of assessed residential property value annually.

Luppes said the district also would discuss the possibility of Hayden requesting funds from the state’s Building Excellent Schools Today program, which is administered by the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board, for the middle school gymnasium.

The state fire marshal condemned the gym last summer after an inspection deemed it unsafe and in need of repair. The district requested bids in the fall for repair and demolition. It received a more than $151,000 repair bid and $80,000 and $45,000 demolition bids.

The School Board also will consider appointing Tammie Mader as the district’s transportation coordinator. Mader, who is a bus driver for the district, would be responsible for scheduling and serving as the liaison for the transportation department, Luppes said. He said that would entail her communicating with the district and the Moffat County School District, with whom Hayden contracted for annual inspections and general maintenance work.

Today’s meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in Room 165 at the high school, across from the office.

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