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Hayden School District to embark on long-term planning process

Matt Stensland

— With local tax revenues guaranteed for the next five years, the Hayden School District is moving forward with its long-term planning.

During Wednesday evening's Hayden School Board meeting, Hayden Superintendent Trudy Vader will update the board on strategic planning that is set to begin in January. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

"Obviously, we're going to have some cake and celebrate the mill levy," Vader said.

On Nov. 4, voters overwhelmingly approved extending the mill levy through the 2019-20 school year. Each year, it has generated about $320,000 for the district by collecting $24.79 per $100,000 of assessed valuation from residential property owners and $90.31 per $100,000 assessed valuation for commercial property owners.

Vader said the district wanted to wait for the outcome of the election before proceeding with its strategic planning, which includes defining the district's mission and vision. The process the school district has chosen involves collecting input from parents and community leaders. Vader said she hopes to get input from at least 135 people. Based on that input, committees will be formed to tackle specific issues, such as safety.

"Safety is obviously going to be an important area," Vader said.

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Also on the agenda Wednesday is a discussion about the district's Response to Intervention, which Vader described as a multi-tier system for the identification and support of students with learning and behavioral needs.

The School Board also will meet in executive session to discuss personnel matters. The board will consider hiring Janey DeAnne Blackwell as the high school business teacher and Michelle Wilkie as the half-time theater coach.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland