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Library construction underway | Preston Citizen

Library construction underway

April 3, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

DAYTON – Construction on the south side of the West Side High School library is on-going and recently carpet was laid. Counter tops, cabinetwork, secretary rolling door, glass wall and book shelves all installed.

Assistant Superintendent Spencer Barzee gave that update to trustees during a recent meeting. “The north side was recently sheet rocked with doorways cut out for storage and serving areas,” he said. “The anticipated finish date is end of May.”

Barzee told the board there are multiple education bills still in motion in the Legislature (which anticipates finishing the session this week.)

“The one receiving the most attention is the recommendation from JFAC to buy back both years of experience that were frozen on the grid in 2009 and 2010 during the economic recession. It will benefit some teachers in our district nearly $3,000 a year and amounts to over $200,000 in total for the district,” he said.

Barzee discussed recent levy override election results. He said the levy election, held on March 12, saw 99 patrons vote in favor of the request of $90,000. Some 14 voted no.

In other action the board:

State Safety Inspection

• discussed the district’s annual facility inspection report from the Idaho Division of Building Safety. The most notable areas needing improvement were the snow behind doors, which delays exit time in case of a fire, and the elementary fire alarm panel not functioning properly, said Barzee. He said the district was aware of the fire alarm problem and has been collecting bids to remediate the problem.

• noted the district is continuing to modify the math curriculum at the high school to align with the national Common Core Standards.

For the most part, the content of math classes has stayed the same. The order of what content is taught has been modified and the rigor has been slightly increased, he said.

• learned West Side High School plans to teach one semester of Health as an online course, aligned with Idaho State Health standards.

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