Sugar-Salem School District, Idaho
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- Main article: Evaluation of Idaho school district websites
- School board contact information is available.
- The superintendent’s contact information is available. A general phone number for the district is also provided.
- Meeting dates, agendas and minutes are posted.
- Academic performance information is available via links to the Idaho State Department of Education school report card.
- Employment applications are posted.
- Information regarding criminal history checks is included in the district Policies and Procedures Manual. Background investigation information can also be found on the Idaho State Department of Education website.
- Budget information is not available on the district website.
- The website does not include the results of audits.
- Current teacher and vendor contracts are not available on the division website. Personnel and teacher contracts are posted on the Idaho State Department of Education website.
The school board controls school property, establishes, organizes, and operates the schools of the district, including: establishing schools, adopting enrollment plans, providing for school elimination and consolidation, cooperating with school boards of adjoining districts in maintaining schools, maintaining the school year schedule and other more specific duties as outlined in the Idaho statute.
It operates, controls and supervises the district's public schools as well as determines the rate of school district taxes, with the option of two or more school districts operating and financing educational programs together.
Current School Board Members
|Mark Blaser||Zone I - Plano|
|Norm Spackman||Zone II – Salem|
|Doug Mcbride||Zone III – Sugar North|
|Brian Kinghorn||Zone IV – Sugar South|
|Dwight Little||Zone V - Newdale|
The current division superintendent is Alan Dunn.
The Idaho Public School System is supervised by the State Board of Education (SBOE), which is the policy-making body for public education in the state. The SBOE provides oversight and governance for K – 20 education levels.
Current Board of Education members include:
|Richard Westerberg, President||Preston||March 1, 2014|
|Kenneth Edmunds, Vice President||Twin Falls||March 1, 2013|
|Don Soltman, Secretary||Twin Lakes||March 1, 2014|
|Emma Atchley||Ashton||March 1, 2010|
|Paul Agidius||Moscow||March 1, 2011|
|Rod Lewis||Boise||March 1, 2010|
|Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction||Boise|
|Milford Terrell||Boise||March 1, 2012|
For the 2010-2011 fiscal year, Sugar-Salem School District is faced with budget reductions of $951,000 from a total budget of $7.3 million. State funding cutbacks have resulted in fewer school days and reduced salaries. The Board of Trustees voted to reduce the school year by three days and staff volunteered to take three furlough days; additionally, administrators volunteered for a pay cut. Contracts prevented teachers from taking any pay cuts. The district will also save $19,000 by eliminating mid-day bussing. The Board of Trustees is also in negotiations with the SSEA; the Board proposed a permanent 4.3% pay cut for administrators, staff, and faculty. Roughly 87% of the budget is dedicated to employee salaries and benefits.
- Main article: Idaho academic performance
Idaho’s educational assessment system is administered from kindergarten through high school and focuses primarily on math, reading, and language use skills. Tests include the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI), the Idaho Direct Math Assessment (DMA), Idaho Direct Math Assessment (DMA), the Idaho English Language Assessment (IELA), and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), as well as the SAT and ACT.
Idaho’s accountability system monitors state and federal goals for increased student achievement; the system includes consequences and rewards for districts and school based on yearly results. Per federal and state law, every school and district must meet annual academic performance goals in reading and math, referred to as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). High schools are required to meeting graduation goals and middle and elementary are required to meet a third academic indicator goal. Schools and districts that do not make AYP are identified as in improvement.
The Idaho State Department of Education reports the Sugar-Salem School District as having five schools in the district. The district did not make AYP for the 2008-2009 academic year.
|Year||Reading (% proficient)||Math (% proficient)||Language (% proficient)||Graduation rate (%)|
The Idaho Education Association (IEA) is the teachers union for the State of Idaho. The IEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA). The district is also represented locally by the Sugar-Salem Education Association (SSEA).
- ‘Sugar-Salem Public School District’, School Board, August 12, 2010
- ‘Sugar-Salem Public School District’, Faculty and Staff, August 12, 2010
- ‘Sugar-Salem Public School District’, Board Packets, August 12, 2010
- ‘Sugar-Salem Public School District’, Calendar, August 12, 2010
- ‘Sugar-Salem Public School District’, Newsletters, August 12, 2010
- ‘Sugar-Salem Public School District’, Employment, August 12, 2010
- ‘Sugar-Salem Public School District’, Policies and Procedures Manual - Personnel, August 12, 2010
- ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, Background Investigation Check, August 9, 2010
- ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, Educator Resources - Contracts, August 9, 2010
- Idaho Statutes,"Title 33, Chapter 5," retrieved April 1, 2010
- ‘Idaho State Board of Education’, August 9, 2010
- ‘Idaho State Board of Education’, Board Members, August 9, 2010
- ‘Rexburg Standard Journal’, Sugar-Salem employees volunteer for salary cuts, August 12, 2010
- ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, Statistics – Test Reports, August 9, 2010
- ‘Idaho State Department of Education’, Report Cards, August 12, 2010
- Idaho Department of Education,"Sugar-Salem District Report Card," retrieved August 30, 2010
- 'Idaho Education Association', August 9, 2010
- 'National Education Association', August 9, 2010