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Parents plan the perfect school

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Kindergarten teacher Conni Virtue, left, places a sticker next to a bullet of information she would like to see adapted into the district-wide strategic plan. Custer city council and community member Jeannie Fischer, right, glances over the list. There will be another community forum in Hermosa on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

 

For one night, Custer patrons had their perfect school — advanced courses, an influx of teachers and increased activity in the arts. Hopefully, parents said, that day won’t be too far away.
Last Tuesday, Custer Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School parents participated in a community forum hosted by the board of education, where they discussed all of the things they would like to see the district have, if money were no object. 
Before the forum kicked off, superintendent Scott Lepke updated the audience on what the district has been able to do so far this school year, including hiring two new administrators at the two schools, adding several new staff members and lowering class sizes in kindergarten through third grades. The district has also been able to provide more opportunities to high school students with special classes, such as Emergency Medical Technician classes, and sending a group of students to Western Dakota Technology in Rapid City for both high school and college credits.
“We expect those areas to grow over the years,” Lepke said. “We also want to see increasing opportunities in the arts and fine arts.”
The district is also working on a communication flow chart and 

For one night, Custer patrons had their perfect school — advanced courses, an influx of teachers and increased activity in the arts. Hopefully, parents said, that day won’t be too far away.

Last Tuesday, Custer Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School parents participated in a community forum hosted by the board of education, where they discussed all of the things they would like to see the district have, if money were no object. 

Before the forum kicked off, superintendent Scott Lepke updated the audience on what the district has been able to do so far this school year, including hiring two new administrators at the two schools, adding several new staff members and lowering class sizes in kindergarten through third grades. The district has also been able to provide more opportunities to high school students with special classes, such as Emergency Medical Technician classes, and sending a group of students to Western Dakota Technology in Rapid City for both high school and college credits.

“We expect those areas to grow over the years,” Lepke said. “We also want to see increasing opportunities in the arts and fine arts.”

The district is also working on a communication flow chart and and marketing/communication plan, as well as perusing several state grants for technology and infrastructure.

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