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Hayden School Board planning ahead

What: Meeting of the Hayden School BoardWhen: 6 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Hayden High School, in the audio-visual classroom across the hall from the principal's office

— Hayden school officials are planning next year’s budget and taking on other basic issues.

“This time of the year is mostly nuts and bolts things,” said Brian Hoza, president of the Hayden School Board. “We’re moving ahead with our professional learning communities work, and with collaborative efforts towards professional development.”

Troy Zabel, principal at Hayden High School, has spearheaded the learning community environment at Hayden schools to give teachers more time to work together, discuss classroom issues and develop integrated curriculums.

Hoza said the board is planning for next year’s budgeting, facility and enrollment needs.

“We try to begin early, because we want to bring in viewpoints from a lot of different perspectives,” he said. “Things will start coming together in March.”

The Hayden School Board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Hayden High School. The meeting’s agenda primarily consists of first readings for new policies on topics including school wellness, first aid, basic instructional programs, student dropouts, the discipline of students with disabilities, crisis management and communication, procedures for drug and alcohol testing of drivers, procedures for the use of wireless communication devices by bus drivers, and student fees.

The School Board also is looking at ways to fund new programs and improvements this year, Hoza said. “We are involved in securing grants that we hope can support some building improvements, especially in terms of technology,” Hoza said.

The district has numerous “operations-oriented” needs, he added, such as upgrades to intercom systems, clocks and lights at district schools and offices.

Hoza said several grant applications were pending but are crucial as a source of revenue for Hayden schools.

“They would help us with some significant capital improvements,” he said. “Especially as a smaller, rural district.”

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