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Author: katiewa Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 5113  
Subject: Re: suggestions for public schools Date: 4/6/2009 2:48 PM
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Is there a website where I can go to read about your district?

http://www.d401.k12.id.us/ Website info is marginal--most teachers and administrators don't use it a lot. For what is there, there are parts that aren't bad as well as parts that (I think) are pretty clunky.

Other bits that might be relevant:
* Roughly 100 students/grade in 1-12, with somewhat more in the lower grades.
* Half-day kindergarten
* High school is on block schedule--4 classes/day, 8 classes total
* Fridays are half days, with last half for teacher meetings, training, work, etc.
* Option at high school to take on-line courses--wide variety of things that can't typically be offered at smaller schools. $50/class, refunded if complete class w/passing grade.
* School board, superintendent, teachers appear to have a friendly working relationship
* Teacher pay on the other side of the mountains (40-minute drive to Jackson, Teton County, WY) is easily twice what it is here. Schools there have been offering rich curriculum for decades
* Local educational foundation has obtained about $250K for schools over the last 4-ish years.
* Current superintendent retiring at the end of this year. New has been selected--a native who wants to return to the area
* Because of the predominance of the LDS church, many in the area lived abroad for several years in their early 20's
* We depend on a supplemental levy for a portion of operating expenses (including teachers' salaries)
* State is proposing cutting funding to districts for next FY--our superintendent anticipates a $320K shortfall; administrators' salaries to be cut by 6%; teachers' salaries to be cut by 1.5%.
* Constituency is largely agricultural (have a week off in the late fall for the potato harvest, and quite a few kids still have to work that week), including a substantial number of immigrant families. Fair number of folks associated with the ski resort (smallish--not like Colorado resorts). Retirees, forest- and park service personnel, part-time residents, and support personnel round it out. Many of the small businesses are run by people who moved here so they could ski--ended up staying, marrying, having kids....

Thanks for taking the time to look further.

Kathleen
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