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BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School District 55 'Board of Trustees' met Thursday evening at the district office for their monthly meeting where interim superintendent Chad Struhs lined out some of the district's goals for the upcoming school year.
Struhs, who has been the interim superintendent since Scott Crane left in June, noted 'recruitment procedures for ethnic diversity of staff' and 'effective and efficient organization' to help establish trust between the school board, staff and community -as two of the district's goals. Struhs added the 'establishment of Shoshone-Bannock Indian language classes' as a goal for the district, as well as maintaining a strong 'anti-bullying' atmosphere in the schools. Also of great importance on the list of district goals was ensuring that all students are literate and fully prepared for graduation.
Struhs said these goals will be enhanced with the help of evaluations, grant writing and an improved 'substitute teacher policy' within the district.
While it is normally procedure to re-organize the 'board of trustees' at this time of the year, the board approved a motion to keep the leadership the same throughout the 2012-13 school year, since there is not a permanent superintendent in place at this time. An 'action item' will be placed on the agenda for next month's 'board of trustees' meeting to discuss posting and advertising procedures for selecting a new superintendent to replace Scott Crane.
The board approved a motion that all bus routes for the upcoming school year will stay the same as last year. Struhs said that "while the routes will remain the same, there may be some variance in some of the 'bus stops' depending on where the bulk of students gather within the designated routes."
It was determined by the board that the 'board of trustee' meetings will continue to be held on the fourth Thursday of every month throughout the year, with the exception of November-December 2012 and March 2013; on these months, the meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month due to a conflict with holidays.
Struhs encouraged all board members to make plans to attend the Idaho School Boards Association convention November 14-16 in Boise.
"It would be great if we could all make reservations and attend this together," Struhs said. "It's important that our board stay as current and informed as we can and this is a good opportunity."
The next scheduled Blackfoot School District 'board of trustees' meeting will be August 23, 6 p.m., in the district office at 270 E. Bridge Street in Blackfoot. The public is always welcome to attend the meetings.