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Construction work on track in Dayton

July 27, 2012


Assistant editor

DAYTON – Construction work continues at the Beutler Middle School building on the West Side School district campus to accommodate Franklin County High School students next month.

The district plans to move its middle school from Harold B. Lee Elementary to the Beutler building in January.

The current plan is Franklin County High School students will temporarily occupy the building starting in August. They will stay in the building until remodeling work is completed at the Idaho National Guard Armory facility in Preston. That work has started and is expected to finish late this fall.

A new roof, heating and air condition system is being installed, among other upgrades

Superintendent Barbara Taylor said lighting and electrical work in the building has been completed, as well as tile work.

“We’re getting ready to install carpet and heating/ cooling/ furnace work will be done in the near future,” she said. “We’re on track to get things finished by the end of next month.”

Taylor reviewed goals for the coming school year which include students, staff and the district.

“The district is committed to seeing continuing growth in student achievement. At the same time we will update any intervention necessary to help struggling students and provide opportunities for those who desire accelerated courses,” she added.

“Goals for the staff include training on common-core curriculum that will place all grade levels on a coordinated system. All districts in the state will implement common-core curriculum in 2014-15.

“We will also fine-tune a parent survey to be used in evaluations of teachers and administrators. The survey includes aspects of communication, interaction, safety, assessment and expectations.

“District goals relate to preparation and support of Assistant Superintendent Spencer Barzee assuming the post of superintendent at the beginning of the 2013/14 school year.”

Dr. Taylor, who served as superintendent of the Preston School District for several years, retired in 2011. She was hired by West Side on a part-time basis this summer to mentor Barzee.

A vacancy occurred when former Superintendent Melvin Beutler retired in June after serving for 25 years.

In other action, the board:

• hired four new teachers. Donna Reeder will teach second grade; Cathy Winward will teach fourth grade; Carlee Firth will teach middle school math/ physical education; and Vance Reeder, high school business technology.

• noted a patron newsletter will be mailed to those residing within the district by the end of July.

• convened an executive session to discuss personnel.

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