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Re-1 approves strategic plan

by Amanda Martin

WALSENBURG- The Re-1 school board met at 6:30 pm at the new location on East 5th St.  The board approved many items on the agenda including agreeing to  fund the turf for the new football field.  Upon reviewing approximately seven bids, they decided to set up a meeting soon with the bidders regarding their offers.  The district is also looking into grants to help with the lighting project surrounding the field.

    The board approved the Strategic Plan that will be from 2008-2013, which has a committee made up of teachers, administrative staff, business owners, board members and parents.  There are five strategic plan goals to meet.  The plan’s mission states that Huerfano Re-1 is committed to ensuring quality education to all students as well as instilling positive behavior to contribute to an evolving society.  It will also help students achieve success and develop partnerships while emphasizing core learning.  The school district’s vision is to provide a safe learning environment with varied opportunities and innovative technology to improve the students’ education.

    The principals’ reports were positive.  Peakview said that the Scholastic Book Fair has been a huge success.  The program will have a parent night on Dec. 16th where parents can get information on the program as well as shop.  The book fair will conclude on Dec. 18th.  It was also mentioned that the PTO’s youth book sale was a success as well.  Books not sold at that sale will be donated to the local Dorcas Circle.  Peakview students will present a concert on Dec. 18 at 6:30 pm and school will adjourn for the winter break after the concert has concluded.  The kinders will also be doing caroling throughout the school next week.  The children that will be involved in both events are very excited.

    The high school also reported good progress.  The students of the high school are currently taking an Exploring Plan Test which is not only aligned with preparing them for the ACT test that they will take, but also helps students set future career goals.

    It was mentioned that a biohazard training will take place soon for staff and administrative staff.  This training will give them knowledge on how to handle potential biohazard situations, such as student injuries involving blood or other bodily fluids.

    The board will meet again in January.  I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

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