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Parents: Hermosa needs a high school

Published: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Paula Jensen, front, and Crystal Wiles, back, look over a list of wants for the Hermosa School during a community forum held Thursday. After listing suggestions, ideas and hopes for five questions, parents and community members were able to select their top five choices. A top choice for many was the addition of a high school in Hermosa.

 

Should Hermosa parents have their way, not only would the school population continue to grow, but there would be a high school to house all of the students.
Just as Custer parents did the week before, Hermosa parents participated in a community forum on Thursday, hosted by the Custer School District Board of Education, where they discussed all of the things they would like to see the district have if money were no object. 
Those in attendance answered five questions provided by the board:
• How can we better cultivate a healthy, positive school environment?
• How can we better create an educational environment of excellence that improves student achievement and academic growth of students?
• Where should the school district spend its money?
• Positive public relations are important. What does that include?
• What would a model school look like to you?
This input session will help the board with its strategic plan by helping the school district move forward and create a model school district with the resources available by prioritizing what the community wants to see in its school. The information compiled from all groups — staff, community, businesses and students) will be reviewed by the board and the most common items may be placed on the district’s Strategic Plan.
“We’re losing opportunities (for our kids) in middle school since there are no art or other electives,” said Paula Jensen, who has children in kindergarten, third and sixth grades. “One of the reasons we are moving out of the district is because we do not have the high school opportunities here. I think Hermosa has lost a lot over the years.”
While Hermosa teaches students through eighth grade, many families pull their students out and transfer them to other schools in seventh or eighth grade.
“We lose a lot of kids those age since they go to Rapid, Hill City or Custer,” said Brian Lintz, who has a daughter in first grade. “Other schools offer more and since (students) have to (eventually) move to another school, they do it sooner.”

Should Hermosa parents have their way, not only would the school population continue to grow, but there would be a high school to house all of the students.

Just as Custer parents did the week before, Hermosa parents participated in a community forum on Thursday, hosted by the Custer School District Board of Education, where they discussed all of the things they would like to see the district have if money were no object. 

Those in attendance answered five questions provided by the board:

• How can we better cultivate a healthy, positive school environment?

• How can we better create an educational environment of excellence that improves student achievement and academic growth of students?

• Where should the school district spend its money?

• Positive public relations are important. What does that include?

• What would a model school look like to you?

This input session will help the board with its strategic plan by helping the school district move forward and create a model school district with the resources available by prioritizing what the community wants to see in its school. The information compiled from all groups — staff, community, businesses and students) will be reviewed by the board and the most common items may be placed on the district’s Strategic Plan.

“We’re losing opportunities (for our kids) in middle school since there are no art or other electives,” said Paula Jensen, who has children in kindergarten, third and sixth grades. “One of the reasons we are moving out of the district is because we do not have the high school opportunities here. I think Hermosa has lost a lot over the years.”

While Hermosa teaches students through eighth grade, many families pull their students out and transfer them to other schools in seventh or eighth grade.

“We lose a lot of kids those age since they go to Rapid, Hill City or Custer,” said Brian Lintz, who has a daughter in first grade. “Other schools offer more and since (students) have to (eventually) move to another school, they do it sooner.”

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