Sunset to begin pilot program

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By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
On Oct. 29, Sunset Elementary will begin a pilot program that brings together parents, students and school staff once a week to communicate and hopefully improve student achievement.
Jim Rugh, principal at Sunset Elementary, will do a presentation on the new program for school board members at tonight's Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting.
Between six and ten families have been invited to take part in the new program, entitled FAST, he said.
FAST, meaning families and schools come together, will proceed for eight weeks.
During the weekly sessions, activities will be provided for the students, and parents will talk and address concerns with one another.
There will be a core team consisting of a parent leader, school counselor, family therapist and other experts that will assist the people and conduct the sessions.
"It's not a therapy session," Rugh said. "It's more of a time for parental bonding and a sharing of ideas."
Rugh said the goal of the program is to improve communication between family and school. He also hopes the program will make parents more comfortable about coming to school to ask questions or address concerns.
In other school board business:
Preliminary guidance and health curriculums will be provided to board members.
Interim superintendent Pete Bergmann said this is a standard procedure done with all subjects in school.
The curriculums outline the updated goals of a subject at every level in the school system.
Next month, the new curriculums will be put to a vote for approval, he said.
A discussion will be done and a vote taken on the school Internet use policy.
A custodial reorganization report will be provided by Mike Taylor and Jim Rugh.
A vote will be taken on the approval of the foreign language curriculum.

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