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4A WEDNESDK DEC. 24,2003 I SIDNEY t Last week infor- mation was pre- sented ex- plaining the process utilized in the district to provide Sidney Schools the public with an op- portunity Doug Sullivanto observe and partic- ipate in the deliberations and decisions of the Sidney Public Schools Board of Trustees. That has generated the opin- ion that perhaps individuals may be interested in the role and responsibilities of the trustees in the management and operation of the school district. The following text will explain the obligations of the trustees and the mecha- nisms they utilize to fulfill these responsibilities. Generally speaking, there are three essential functions the trustees fulfill in the Sid- ney Public Schools. As pre- sented in a previous article, the trustees provide and estab- lish the policies of the school district. These policies guide the daily operation and man- agement of the school district. The trustees annually update sections of the policy manual, and this process is scheduled to commence in January If there are policy modifications an individual would like the trustees to consider, a commu- nication to the school district superintendent will guarantee the item is presented to the trustees for consideration. Second, the trustees are the stewards of the funds received to operate the school district. Managing the financial re- sources of the school district 'The trustees are aware they touch the futures and the lives of the children they serve.' Doug Sullivan Superintendent of Sidney schools is a crucial and time-consum- ing responsibility. School fi- nance can be a complex and confusing issue until a trustee has accumulated some experi- ence with the topic. Particu- larly when enrollment is de- clining and more responsibili- ty for funding schools is being shifted to the local level, this issue presents difficult deci- sions such as staff reductions and facility closure. The trustees review the finances on a monthly basis and con- duct a committee meeting specifically for this pro-pose. Frequently special meetings are conducted to specifically deal with the financial mat- ters of the school district. The third essential function of the trustees is to review and establish the curriculum for the Sidney Public Schools. While the curriculum is devel- oped and written through the work of the teaching staff and building principals, the trustees are the final anthori- ty governing what will and will not be taught in the school district. The trustees review curriculum issues on a monthly basis through receipt of a report from the building principals. These three issues are the primary responsibilities and consume the majority of time involved in serving as a school district trustee. Interspersed in these issues the trustees will deal with matters ranging from student discipline to at- tending Christmas programs. While there is never a dull mo- ment for the trustees, they all recognize the importance of their role and have found it to be a rewarding experience. The trustees are aware they touch the future and the lives of the children they serve. If you have any questions about this or any other issue related to the school district please do not hesitate to con- tact the district administra- tion office at 433-4080. STEPHANIE FORESYTHE-SWORD I Eagle Scout award Kris and Chip Gifford look on as their son, Eric Gifford, is awarded the Eagle rank in Scouting. The award was presented by Scout Master Alan Sios Sunday night at the sus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Sidney. Eric's Eagle Scout service project was building four wooden benches for Sidney Elementary School. Twenty years of caring Donation to Foundation helps teach safety at teen BY BILL VANDER WERE SIDNEY HERALD THE SIDNEY HERALD recently ran a special sec- tion celebrating the Foun- ing review," said County Coor- dinator Kathy Helmuth. "It's a review looking at death and asking was it preventable. When it was preventable, we try to.prevent it frQm happen-: to be the second leading factor. A total of 43 percent of t unintentional inj children were percent were ....... dationfor Community ing again." lne parents of . Care's 20-year commitment Some of the areas focused i . to health care in the corn- on include water safety, gun Trish Faulkner " munity. This is the second safety, seat belt use and driv- and in a series of stories contin- ing choices. ii " Bir2in Bto sUXhorbe?2hem uing to acknowledge the The first report compiled by Foundation's work. the state organization was re- u One donation the Founda- Y tion for Community Care was s , ceremony reaching out to the communi- marriage of their children !} It s a revtew looking at Wednesday, Dec. 31 May the message of hope ty with a $500 donation to the death and aslan",-,u it was 5:30 p.m. (MST) and peace He brought us on county's Fetal, Infantand that first Holy night spread Child Mortality Review. preventable. When it was Zion Lutheran Church throughout humanity. Specifically, the funds were used to help with expenses in Fairview, MT ~ Many thanks for a"Teen Extreme" event in preventaale," we try to i)i , Reception tO follow, your kindness. Sidney in 2002. ~ There will be a dance in their A~.A~A Teen Extreme's events in- prevent it l.ram h nn n| n,,arre,,,na :i~~:~~-ollowing reception.~~: ~) education, including the seat a,,an.'ai ............. ...... ,-- -- --,,, belt convincer, informational ~~~ ................................. '~ ........................... .......... ~ ............... :~ ................ ~~ Sidney 482-4927 materials during the Riehland '!~I ~ak~77~1 Co~ty~ara~a~oo~ty ",-- l!![ \ I to stress the importance ofwaterMontana's safety. Fetal, Infant and - Courtly coordinator Child Morality Review pro- All Inch sive per couple s40 per individual INCLUDES YOUR CHOICE OF: Prime rib, shrimp or prime rib & dinner and all your drinks for the shrimp evening. gram is a statewide effort to reduce preventable fetal, in- fant and child deaths by mak- ing recommendations based on lessons learned from the review of the deaths. Richland County's program began in 2001. "It's not like a finger-point- Wishing you a We thank you for your business in the past year and wish you a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to being your 1st Choice for any collision repair needs you have in the future. ! leased in November 2002, and featured deaths from 1997- 2000. Some of the findings includ- ed: A total of 42 percent of the 401 reviewed deaths were de- termined to be preventable. The primary cause of in- fant deaths (up to I year of age) were congenital anoma- lies, prematurity and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The primary cause of child deaths (1-17 years) were unin- tentional injuries, natural causes and suicide. A total of 63 percent of Montana SIDS deaths were re- viewed. A total of 68 percent of the babies were found in the prone (tummy) position. Prenatal smoking wasfoqnd . AWAY IN A MANGER preventable. A total of cent of unintentional deaths were due t cle crashes. Of viewed, seven of dren who drowned were adequately supervised. A total of 94 percent of motor vehicle crash were preventable. ror, including speeding recklessness, was reported 87 percent of those cases. Preventabilit5 plemented included re ing every hospital to examine their position policy "back to sleep" their nurseries; an administrative rule change, which requires training for all care providers; aired safety announcements on t ter safety; supported ed licensing legislation; duced and aired a vice announcement on safety; and initiated" ribbon" prevention. Statewide mendations included: rec criteria of autopsy' vestigation and review of medical history; distribute handgun safety during well-child checks stall self-locking gates on backyard pool fences; and gest that providers screen lescents for risk of all routine exams and ask firearm is present in the home.