Hayden superintendent talk on tap

School Board to consider Luppes for half-time position

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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 Board will consider whether to hire Mike Luppes as the district’s half-time superintendent in 2010-11.

Luppes was approved as the district’s administrative consultant to serve in a superintendent-like role after Super­intendent Greg Rockhold was relieved of his duties March 31. Luppes will be paid $10,000 to serve as administrative consultant to the district for about two months, until the end of the fiscal year, June 30.

School Board President Brian Hoza said Luppes’ contract, if approved, will pay him $50,000 next year. That amount is less than half what the district paid Rockhold in 2009-10.

Hoza said Luppes was the best option to lead the district next year, given his familiarity with Hayden — he was superintendent for four years, retiring in 2008 — and the rate he’ll be paid. He said Luppes would determine his part-time schedule.

In addition, the School Board will consider whether to approve the 2010-11 school year budget with a general fund of more than $5 million. The budget includes cuts from this past year of about $345,000. The district originally had estimated having to cut about $495,000, but statewide funding cuts to K-12 education were 6.35 percent instead of the original projection of as much as 10 percent.

School Board members also are scheduled to discuss whether to ask Hayden voters in November to approve a mill levy override that would generate an additional $344,560 annually for the district. No action is scheduled to follow the discussion.

Finance Director Jnl Linsa­cum said the override would cost about $33 per $100,000 of residential property value annually.

The School Board also will consider approving:

■ An agreement with the Moffat County School District to provide bus maintenance and driver training to Hayden. Linsacum said the district will pay Moffat County $20,600 if approved. She said the agreement would allow Hayden to forgo having to hire a transportation director. Richard “Festus” Hagins, the district’s previous transportation director, was paid more than $63,000 annually in salary and benefits.

■ Increased student fees. Linsacum said athletic fees at Hayden High School are proposed to increase to $80 from $50 for the first activity, to $40 from $25 for the second and to $20 from $0 for the third. Athletic fees at Hayden Middle School are proposed to increase to $50 from $30 for the first activity, to $25 from $15 for the second and to $15 from $0 for the third.

The fee each student in the district must pay has been proposed to increase to $15 from $10, but there would be a cap for students at the high school of $140 and $90 at the middle school. Linsacum said the combined family cap of $200 hasn’t been proposed to change.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

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