By Kirk Miller, Superintendent Havre Public Schools
Greetings from Havre Public Schools. The summer is a very busy time in the superintendent's office preparing for the ensuing school year. We are making great progress at this point so that we will be ready for staff and students to return to school in August. I am confident that the opportunities we are preparing for your students will help them to grow academically in the 2002-03 school year.
The Havre Board of Trustees has been working hard on your behalf to establish the goals and direction of the district to launch the new school year. At the board meeting on July 9, the trustees approved several items to help establish a strong system for the next school year. Approved were:
The District Educational Work Plan 2001-02 final report. This report outlines progress made on the nine projects approved by the trustees. Approximately 100 staff and community members participated in this work. A total of 62 of 76 outlined goals were completed in helping our district move forward on a number of critical issues. Anyone interested in reviewing this report can contact my office (265-4356) and I will see that you get a copy, or you can view it at our district Web site www.havre.k12.mt.us.
The District Educational Work Plan 2002-03. The trustees charged our district team with the responsibility of making progress on seven identified projects during the next school year. The projects are: education enhancements implementation, "No Child Left Behind" federal legislation implementation, five-year comprehensive plan implementation, reading/language arts curriculum development, mathematics curriculum development, safe schools plan, and policy review. Community members who would like to be involved in the work plan process can do so by contacting my office (265-4356). We are always looking for your input into this vital process moving our schools from where they are to where they need to be.
School and transportation handbook revisions. The handbooks are an extension of district and board policy intent on helping students and parents know the operating rules and regulations. Your child will be bringing these handbooks home for your review during the first week of school.
Certainly, the upcoming special legislative session is on our minds as our state struggles with balancing needs with the ability of the public to support those needs. We continue to work in the best interest of the education of the students in our community. We will advocate retaining appropriate state-level funding for the basic education of students and will communicate possible solutions to the challenges ahead. The goal of working together to find the best solutions is what our district promotes, and we will continue to do so.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for sending your children to Havre Public Schools. We are fortunate to employ a highly professional staff and to be strongly supported by the Havre and Hi-Line community. For this, I am thankful.
Please know that we will continue to work hard to benefit the education of our students.
School starts in about a month. Teachers and staff will return on Aug. 26 and the first day for students is Aug. 28. We are looking forward to your return. Thanks for reading.