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September 17, 2001

A committee to study growth and facility needs in the district for the next five years will be formed. The Hamilton School Board approved a charge for the 2001 Facilities Advisory Committee to study issues and develop recommendations.

School Board members agreed that the committee will:

  • review subdivision and enrollment growth through 2007;
    tour facilities;
  • review elementary attendance boundaries in light of enrollment projections;
  • analyze facility space use and physical conditions and identify needs;
  • review grade level configurations and research cost and other implications to adjust;
  • review implications of school funding and revenue caps for facility needs;
  • identify options and implications (including costs) to address identified facility needs;
  • analyze and illustrate potential public support for recommendations to School Board; and
  • present a report and recommendations to the School Board no later than January 2002.

Representatives of various communities, senior citizens, parents, staff, administration and the School Board will comprise the committee. Also, last year’s Community Budget Advisory Committee will be invited to participate.

The committee will meet weekly from October through December. The Superintendent’s Office and the Business Office is looking for people who want to serve on the committee.

Educational Services presents accomplishments, priorities

Three administrators who head up Educational Services reported on the past year’s accomplishments and presented priorities for 2001-02. Educational Services and Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz, Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., and Special Services Supervisor Charlene DeGroot presented the report.

Educational Services accomplishments in 2000-2001 included the following.

  • Progress of results-based, job-embedded staff development was monitored.
  • Student achievement was documented and analyzed.
  • Integration of technology into the learning process began.

Priorities in the coming year are highlighted below.

  • Articulation activities are planned to help 4K students move to 5K, fifth-graders move to middle school, and eighth-graders transition to ninth grade.
  • Staff will work with the Facilities Advisory Committee to establish five- to seven-year recommendation for district facilities
  • A program support position, Early Childhood parent group and program for cognitively disabled students moving from middle school to high school are among the things planned to support Special Education services.
  • Professional development activities will focus on differentiated instruction to help staff modify curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of the learner.
  • The Professional Development Advisory Committee will work so that staff know the expectation for best practices and will create self-assessments to evaluate staff development results.
  • The Assessment Leadership Team coordinate APP implementation, assist in transferring APP to the E-school program and review benchmark assessments.
  • Students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) will be served with better identification using E-school technology, a staff in-service on test administration and administration of LEP tests for programming and reporting purposes
  • An in-depth Special Education audit will occur in February.
  • Schultz and Bauman’s regular on-site presence at Willow Springs will provide Willow Springs with staff development opportunities, site planning, curriculum planning and implementation, special education direction, troubleshooting and crisis intervention.

School Board approves appointment, resignations

In personnel business, the School Board appointed Jill Storm as a Marcy teacher aide and accepted the resignations of Woodside associate kitchen employee Janna Hassler and Business Services administrative assistant Kathryn Klug.