School board to vote on teacher contract |

School board to vote on teacher contract

by Reid Williams

WHO: Summit School Board

WHAT: Regular meeting

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., tonight

WHERE: Dillon Valley Elementary

DILLON VALLEY – Summit School Board members are scheduled to vote on a tentative contract with district teachers tonight, after a closed session to discuss its details.

The school district’s and teachers’ association’s negotiating committees reached a preliminary agreement on a new three-year contract April 16. The contract is expected to augment teacher salaries and the number of professional development (teacher training) days, but details will not be released until both groups have reviewed the contract. The Summit County Education Association membership is scheduled to review the contract tonight, as well.

The school board will review the contract in a private executive session, and then vote on the issue when it returns to the public meeting.

School board members also are scheduled to hear a number of presentations. Frisco Elementary principal Janis Bunchman and teacher Cyndi Swarts will update the school board on the district’s gifted and talented program. Bunchman said she hopes board members will give her direction on increasing services for the 110 elementary students in the district who have been identified as gifted.

Summit High School counselor Debbie Luckett is to present a progress update on the school’s counseling program and efforts to improve career and college planning, substance abuse awareness and diversity awareness.

Policy votes are on the agenda, as well. The school board will hear the second and final reading of an amended policy on student travel. In the wake of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, board members considered suspending student travel, but settled instead for a policy reserving the right to cancel trips at short notice. The new policy places restrictions on the number of students and chaperones traveling and clearly defines the duties of chaperones. The new policy increases students’ accountability so the students and their families aren’t simply “paying for vacation.”

The school board also is expected to vote on policies regarding staff military leave, the adoption of social studies and foreign language curriculum, and a change in high school graduation requirements. The high school principals have proposed eliminating requirements for swimming and the freshman “transitions” class, and adding a technology requirement.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or

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