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The mission of the Hayden School District is to promote continuous growth in student achievement by providing the support and tools to create a safe, motivating and enriching academic program which meets diverse educational needs.
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March 25, 2021
Hard to believe we are heading into the final quarter of the year. Spring is upon us and the change in weather has brought an uplift for many. It was exciting to have parents be able to attend parent/teacher conferences in person! For a majority, it was the first time in the new building due to limited access as a result of health restrictions. Hopefully soon, we will be able to have an open house for everyone in our community. The building is amazing and something the community should be proud of.
While we are fortunate to have been able to have school all day every day for our students, we have had several quarantines at the secondary level. These quarantines are emotionally and mentally hard on students and staff. There will be a separate letter going out to all parents as reminders of following protocols put in place by public health. Following these guidelines and not allowing students to attend school when they are not feeling well will help us reduce the number of quarantines. Additionally, as a district, we have continued to work with public health and will have new measures in place at school which will allow us more detailed contract tracing, which we hope will reduce the number of students quarantined.
This is the time of year we start working on the budget for the 2021-22 school year. There are still some unknowns for the budget allocations from the state and feds. Going forward, we do not qualify for Title I funding as we no longer have the numbers living in poverty in Hayden based on the census. We also have lost a significant number of students identified as free and reduced lunch. Our current percentage is 17%. This is a drop from 35% last year. There are numerous grants that we have been awarded in the past that we no longer qualify for as we have dropped below the required 30%. Please encourage families and neighbors to complete the Free and Reduced Application form so we can increase our numbers which potentially increases our opportunities for grants. Student enrollment also greatly impacts our budget as each student enrolled full time provides us with a little over $10,000 from the state. When our enrollment drops, so does our funding. As funding drops, we have to reevaluate offerings to make sure our budget stays aligned. There are many domino effects with a reduction in students enrolled and our percentage of free/reduced numbers.
Congratulations to our Students of the Month for March: Emma Schlim for HHS, Jonathan Noll for HMS, and Donald Dumas for HVE. The staff members honored for going above and beyond are Cortney Richards, Greg Richards, and Oswaldo Sosa. We appreciate all they do for our students and colleagues on a daily basis.
Christy L. Sinner, Superintendent