Wednesday, April 15, 2009

School administrators to discuss U.S. 'education deficit'

Education foundation sponsors series of community presentations


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Blaine County School District administrators will discuss steps being taken in the Wood River Valley to reverse a nationwide "education deficit" at a series of public presentations later this month.

The presentations, titled "Vision for Your Public Schools," are sponsored by the Blaine County Education Foundation. School District Superintendent Jim Lewis and Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Barber will discuss what the school district is doing to "reverse the trend and ensure that each and every child is given the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century," said Heather Crocker, the foundation's executive director.

The first presentation is scheduled for Monday, April 20, at Power Engineers in south Hailey. St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, south of Ketchum, will host the second on Tuesday, April 28. That will be followed by a third presentation at the YMCA in Ketchum on Thursday, April 30.

Presentations start at noon and will last about an hour. Participants are urged to bring their own lunches. Question-and-answer sessions will be held. The public is invited to all the presentations.

The national "education deficit" was identified by the National Center for Education and the Economy in a "Tough Choices for Tough Times" report.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com

Vision for Public Schools

Monday, April 20, at Power Engineers in south Hailey, at noon.

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, south of Ketchum, will host the second on Tuesday, April 28. A third presentation is set for the YMCA in Ketchum on Thursday, April 30.




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