Snake River school board makes required changes to policies

THOMAS — Snake River trustees approved a resolution that stated the newly enacted and existing statues enacted by the Idaho legislature would supersede any school district policies.
The resolution was recommended by the Idaho School Board Association.
Many of the laws passed by the Idaho legislature are already in effect, said Superintendent Russell Hammond. Some statutes were backdated to Jan. 31.
New policies regarding employment received a first reading at Wednesday board meeting. The policies under consideration include the following:
° 2470 regarding a new member on the board
° 7144 regarding certified personnel and reduction in force
"We will have no lottery," Hammond said.
° 7315P regarding payroll
° 7380 regarding working hours
° 7480 regarding staff protection and procedures
These new policies will be reviewed in May before they are approved, Board Chair Julie Van Orden said.
Senior projects were introduced. Beginning with the class of 2013, seniors will be required to complete a senior project to graduate. This requirement was determined by the State of Idaho.
Each school district can determine what the senior project will be as long as it meets the state's requirements, said Snake River High School principal Dean Bonney.
The senior project includes a research project, project, journal, portfolio and presentation.
Teachers will mentor probably five or six students apiece.
This is just one more requirement on teachers, Bonney said.
Trustees also approved the bid of Varsity Contractors for the annual deep cleaning bid on the Snake River buildings. Varsity's bid totaled $65,268.
PSI Waste Systems was approved for a two year bid on removing garbage. PSI's bid was $13,314 for the fist year; $13,847 for the second year and $27 for an extra pick-up.
Quandrant Consulting was hired to analyze if the boundaries of the trustee zones based on the 2010 census. The boundaries need to be within 10 percent variance between the smallest and largest zones.
The four teachers who teach gifted and talent (GT) classes presented the activities of their students throughout this school year.