Board to spread the wealth |

Board to spread the wealth

Meeting set tonight to distribute school grant funds

What: Hayden School Board meetingWhere: Hayden High School videoconference roomWhen: 7 p.m. today

— The clock in the Hayden School District’s central office conference room doesn’t work. The clock in the district’s front office is fast.

Actually, few — if any — clocks in Hayden School District buildings tell the correct time.

“We probably get more complaints about those than anything else,” Superintendent Mike Luppes said.

Getting the clocks synchronized with school bells, buses and other clocks is just one of many items the district hopes to accomplish with a $200,000 grant from the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance program.

Using the grant money to give district buildings a facelift is up for approval at today’s 7 p.m. Hayden School Board.

Hayden school officials found out they received the grant this spring, and the use of the funds, if approved tonight, will go toward changing door handles, locks, keys and upgrading the clocks and intercoms at district buildings. The sidewalks near Hayden Valley Elementary School also will be improved.

Many of the problems Luppes hopes to address have been issues since he joined the Hayden School District in 1987.

“It’s a godsend,” Luppes said about the grant.

The district would have to contribute an estimated $60,000 to complete the projects, and that expenditure also will be up for approval tonight.

Also on tonight’s board agenda is approval of a revised high school attendance policy. Tonight’s reading will be the fifth.

“It goes beyond having a passing grade,” Luppes said about the proposed policy. “There are some attendance requirements.”

High School Principal Troy Zabel and an accountability committee worked on the new policy, which seeks to address the problem of truancy among high school students.

To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail

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