Friday, September 26, 2014

School superintendent continues ‘listening tour’

GwenCarol Holmes to meet with more groups in October

Express Staff Writer

GwenCarol Holmes

    GwenCarol Holmes, the Blaine County School District’s new superintendent, will continue her “listening tour,” with meetings scheduled for parents, community members and retired district personnel.
    The listening tour, officially started in September, is a continuation of a commitment Holmes made prior to being chosen for the position in April. At that time, she said she wanted to learn as much about the Wood River Valley community as possible.
    On Monday, Sept. 29, Holmes will hold a meeting for parents at 8 a.m. at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in east Hailey, followed by another meeting for senior citizens at 10 a.m. at the Community Campus. At 1:30 p.m. Monday, she will meet at the same location with faith leaders, followed by a meeting for parents at 6 p.m. at Bellevue Elementary School.
    Holmes also has six listening tour engagements, all of them open to the public, scheduled for early October.
    On Wednesday, Oct. 1, a meeting intended for parents is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Alturas Elementary School in southern Hailey.
    There are three meetings set for Monday, Oct. 6. At 8:30 a.m., Holmes will hold a meeting intended for community members at the Community Campus. Also at the Community Campus is a meeting intended for “retired BCSD educators and staff” at 10 a.m. The action moves to Ketchum later that day with a 6 p.m. meeting for parents at Hemingway Elementary School.
    On Tuesday, Oct. 7, Holmes will meet with parents at Carey School at 6 p.m.
Finally, a meeting intended for parents is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Hailey Elementary School.
The public can also participate in the listening tour by taking a survey, available at the district website under the “Your Voice” tab, at
District Communications Director Heather Crocker said Monday that in its first week of availability 135 people participated in the survey. Crocker said Holmes is also meeting with numerous business, senior citizen, health or other organizations in private settings.
    “We would like to cast the net as wide and as far as we can to ensure Dr. Holmes has a broad perspective on our community and our schools,” Crocker said.

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