Hayden School District seeking school improvement teams

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— The Hayden School District is looking for committed community members and parents of local students to be on its school improvement teams at the elementary, secondary and district levels.

The three SITs meet once per month, and members talk about any topic related to improving Hayden schools. Superintendent Mike Luppes said interested community members simply are asked to attend meetings and discuss issues or policy changes that come up throughout the school year.

Just about everything from the new teacher evaluation system under Senate Bill 191 to school dress codes is open for discussion.

“There really aren’t topics out of bounds,” Luppes said. “It’s pretty wide open. It’s just another place where parents can have input — less on the personal input of their students, but more on general ideas with the schools and district.”

Required by the state Legislature, SITs have been around for years, Luppes added. The state requires the committees to have principals, staff, teachers, parents and non-parent community members on board, but Luppes said sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Each committee appoints a president and operates in typical meeting fashion by setting agendas for future meetings, discussing old business and bringing new business to the table.

Luppes said the district has moved meeting times around to best accommodate the various SITs.

Hayden Elementary SIT meets the first Monday of the month at 3:45 p.m. with the next meeting scheduled Nov. 4. The secondary SIT meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the high school. Their next meeting is Nov. 6. The district SIT generally meets the third Monday of the month at 4 p.m. and will gather Oct. 28 at the administration office.

The district is looking for committee members who can commit to about six or seven meetings per year with meetings lasting about an hour.

“There’s always parents who don’t feel like they have a voice in what happens in some of the schools, and it’s a way for them to have that voice,” Luppes said. “We’d love to see them there.”

Those interested in participating can contact Luppes at at 970-276-3864.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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