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Busy night for school board

by Reid Williams

FRISCO<Summit School Board members have a busy night ahead of them, but it all begins with an art exhibition.The Superintendent1s Spring Art Show, a collection of works by more than 100 students in the school district, is on display at the central administration offices in Frisco. Board members and district staff will meet students in a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m.The regular school board meeting follows at 5:30 p.m. and will cover a variety of issues. Highlights of the agenda include:n A work session with the Summit County Board of County Commissioners. Superintendent Wes Smith said county departments have been extremely helpful this winter during especially bad storms. In some instances, county plow trucks have lead school buses over Swan Mountain Road to make travel safer for students.The boards are scheduled to discuss the school resource officer programs. Sheriff1s deputies work at the middle school and high school, and because of county budget shortfalls, the school district might increase the portion it pays to support the deputies, Smith said.n Student travel policy. Board members will vote on the first reading of a revised policy covering school trips abroad. In the wake of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, board members considered suspending student travel and settled for a policy reserving the right to cancel trips at short notice. A high school group traveled to Ecuador in December, and another group is scheduled to visit France this spring.3We1ve got requests for trips this summer and next year, and we want to make sure we have some changes in place, Smith said.The new policy places restrictions on the number of students and chaperones traveling and clearly defines the duties of chaperones, Smith said. He also said the new policy increases students1 accountability so they aren1t simply 3paying for vacation.n Other policies. Board members also are scheduled to vote on revised policies covering staff leave for military service. The Summit High School co-principals will discuss changes in graduation requirements. Board members will consider whether to fund a sabbatical leave for teachers.n Presentations. School board members will recognize three high school students as National Merit Finalists. Representatives from the county1s Youth and Family Services department will brief board members on the county1s new Americorps Promise Fellow and an upcoming National Tobacco-Free Kids Day. Assistant Superintendent Millie Hamner will present the revised social studies curriculum.n Executive session. School board members will end the meeting with a closed session on teacher contract negotiations.WHO: Summit School Board, with Board of County CommissionersWHAT: Regular meetingWHEN: 5:30 p.m. todayWHERE: Central administration offices, FriscoReid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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