September 27, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
by Karen Lyncoln
for the Pathfinder
"We hit the ground running and had a great opening day at school," said Bill Hyde, Superintendent of the Seeley Lake Elementary School, to the School's Board of Trustees at the September 11th meeting. Hyde explained that the first week of school had gone well and that the kids seemed ready to come back when they arrived at school on Tuesday, September 4th.
There were some problems getting the 7th graders back to a central place before classes let out for the day, but teachers and administrators are working to resolve that issue. School buses were running without scheduling problems, and behavior problems on buses have decreased. Diane Bourne, the owner/driver of the buses that serve Seeley Lake Elementary, sent home a letter with students discussing safety rules and asking for parents' assistance in communicating those rules to their kids in order to have a safe and enjoyable year.
"We're blessed with some new students this fall who help us appreciate the diversity in our country," said Hyde. Several students whose parents are installing fiber-optics cable along Highway 200 have enrolled at the school. School enrollment is now at 232, 10 more than last year.
The Board reviewed the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, and in light of the tragic events that had occurred earlier that day in New York and Washington, tabled a number of agenda items.
The Board did review the Student Handbook for 2001-2002. "This handbook is based on the assumption that kids are responsible for their behavior," said Hyde.
"We need to follow the approved procedures," noted Board Member Pam Pittman as she reviewed sections of the handbook. Hyde noted that any changes required because of that review would be included in the Limelight and distributed to parents.
The Board also reviewed the school's proposal to the Ortenberg Foundation for funding of special programs. New funding requests for this year include purchasing notebook computers for a wireless computer laboratory and purchasing global positioning system units for use in Local Area Ecology and History exercises.
Board members attending the September meeting include Pam Pittman, Loren Rose, and Mark Williams. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9th at 6:00 pm.