Friday, April 22, 2011

District wants to hear from public

School board ‘listening session’ set for Monday in Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County School District board of trustees wants the public to help them define what constitutes a "great education."

Toward that objective, the board will hold a "listening session" on Monday, April 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Wood River Community YMCA on Saddle Road in Ketchum.

"Defining excellence in education" is the topic of the meeting. According to a press release, information will be provided on the portion of the district's strategic plan that addresses "21st-century learning, technology, academic rigor, whole child and teacher/classrooms." Small group discussions, facilitated by teachers, will be held during the meeting

"The school board wants to hear from you—parents, staff, students and community members," board Chair Julie Dahlgren stated in the press release. "Our entire community has a stake in the future of public education.

"We want to know how the community defines excellence in education and what indicators of excellence they are looking for. We'll share a little bit about the strategic plan progress, but also we want to hear input from the community."

For more information on the meeting, contact district Communications Director Heather Crocker at 578-5005.

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