Butte Falls cutting days and staff, studies charter

Butte Falls financial woes are definitely affecting students and staff. Ten school days and reduction in force were approved by the school board at the Feb. 7 meeting.

Days cut include one that occurred Jan. 21. The next date is Friday, Feb. 25, Spring break will be extended to run Monday through Thursday, Mar. 28 through 31, Thursday, April 7, Monday, May 2, Thursday, May 26 and Friday, June 3.

Staffing cuts will involve one teaching and two instructional assistant positions. Superintendent Dr. Courtney said the RTI program would eliminate interventions in upper grades and continue with reading interventions in the primary grades. He also said the social studies classes at the high school would be done online through the Southern Oregon Educational Service District.

Those attending the site council meeting Jan. 26 said they wanted more information about the charter school made available to the public before voting for a charter board. A bulk mailing with information including websites to visit and a ballot to vote for charter board members was sent by Julie Freeman. A charter board of five people will be elected at the site council meeting on Feb. 23.

Dr. Courtney said the school district was in compliance with the Division 22 Standards except one. Because of the days being cut they will not be in compliance with the required instructional time.

The board approved the ESD resolution program for technology and media services, school improvement and special education.

Dr. Courtney, Scott Burns and Mayor Ron Ormond met with a representative from ODFW and BLM at the Butte Falls Fish Hatchery to discuss possible ways to develop a partnership now that the hatchery is being demolished.

A bit of positive news came when board member Dan Murphy noted growth in the Friday Nature Club at the Butte Falls Community School Partnership.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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