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Safe Schools Committee Tops Agenda

February 17, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
By Karen Lyncoln
for the Pathfinder


Becky Gehrke updated the Seeley Lake Board of Education on the measures the school's Safe Schools Committee has completed during the last six months.

In addition to the badge program and locking exterior doors, the committee has completed a security assessment of the school building and its equipment.

On January 14th, teachers and staff participated in a training program that included fire/explosion drills, how to effectively clear a classroom, what to do if the power goes out, and how to lock down the school building in the event of an emergency.

Currently, members of the committee are forming a crisis team and finding additional training courses for its members.

In other business before the Board at it February 8th regular meeting, John Hebnes, Superintendent, presented a new School Board Calendar that lists routine activities that must be considered by the board each year.

Activities include providing information to the County Superintendent on budget matters; reviewing policies concerning teachers and students, renewing contracts for schools buses; attending education conferences and training; and reviewing other school board goals and policies. Board Chairman Peterson asked that the calendar be revised to highlight important dates and identify responsible parties.

The Board discussed a proposed policy on transporting students to extracurricular activities when using the school bus is not feasible. Liability insurance is a major problem if parents carry students in private vehicles. The Board directed Hebnes to continue to talk with the schools insurers to determine how teachers and other school employees might provide transportation in their private vehicles. Hebnes will also investigate if another district has a 15-20 passenger van that might be occasionally available.

The Board reviewed Board Policy #1014 that deals with the date of school board elections because that date has changed from the first Tuesday in April to the second Tuesday in May. Board member Mark Williams announced that he will run for reelection. His is the only position on the ballot.

In other school news, John Hebnes, Superintendent of the Seeley Lake Elementary School was offered, and accepted, a contract for the 2000-2001 school year at an executive session of the Seeley Lake Board of Education on January 18, 2000.

Members attending the February 8th meeting include Bart Peterson, Chair; Vicki Jardine; Pam Pitman; and Mark Williams. The next school board meeting is scheduled for March 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the elementary school.

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