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Tamera Manzanares

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School Board considers final budget

The Hayden School Board today will consider approving a proposed budget for the 2005-06 school year.

The budget includes adjustments that will help the district shave about $200,000 in spending.

Earlier this year, the School Board decided not to hire a full-time principal at Hayden Valley Elementary School and to eliminate two teaching positions at the school.

Other adjustments include reducing janitorial staff, not replacing a retiring paraprofessional at the elementary school and reducing all budgets by 10 percent.

The School Board made the spending cuts because of decreasing student numbers and subsequent decreases in state funding. Without the cuts, the district projects it will end the next school year with less than $100,000 in reserves.

The board also plans to implement activity fees for athletics and possibly other extracurricular activities. The district is seeking parents to help develop an activity fee proposal to present to the School Board.

“It’s pretty much been decided to do some type of activity fee, this is to decide which plan to go with,” superintendent Mike Luppes said.

Possible options include a flat fee for all activities or fees based on the type and number of activities students participate in throughout the school year.

Parents haven’t shown much interest in being involved in the committee, Luppes said.

“I’m struggling very much to get people to participate,” he said.

The activity fee committee likely will meet twice in June. To volunteer for the committee, call 276-3864.

In other business, the School Board will consider approving a final candidate for the job of high school math teacher. Leif Jacobson will resign from the position after this school year.

The district is screening and interviewing candidates to replace high school English teacher Marin Campbell and middle school special education teacher Wendy Emerson.

Luppes hopes to have those positions filled by the end of the school year.

Also tonight, the board will hear a final reading of a new age policy for children entering kindergarten and first grade.

Colorado has passed a law dictating that school districts only will receive funding for kindergarteners that are 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 and first-graders who are 6 years old on or before Aug. 31.

Students who turn 5 between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30 may be considered for early enrollment. The previous entrance age policy allowed early enrollment if students turned 5 by Oct. 31.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com.