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Looking to 2015: Cottonwood district looks to curriculum, maintenance needs

COTTONWOOD – What lies in wait for Cottonwood’s Joint School District 242 for 2015 depends much on the State of Idaho.

“We patiently wait to see what our legislators have in store for education. December seems like the ‘calm before the storm,” said 242 Superintendent Rene Forsmann.

What she knows for sure, she said, is the district will continue working on the curriculum alignment for kindergarten through 12th grade.

“This is part of our three-year strategic plan and started during the 2014-2015 school year,” she said.

Alignment of curriculum in social studies, science, math and language arts is being worked on in the first phase.

“We also continue to look at maintenance of buildings and grounds,” she added. “We are moving forward with adding a new entrance to our football field off of the entrance to Cottonwood’s business loop. With that will come construction of a bus and maintenance shop in 2016. This project also includes work on the extended acreage around the football field providing better maintenance and upkeep of the entire area.”

Forsmann said the district will also continue to be a part of the Tech Ed Center strategic planning working toward a possible manufacturing, IT and medical facility for students to earn technical degrees.

“Our former elementary building located on Lewiston Street also remains for sale,” Forsmann stated.


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