Alpine School District administrators are making good progress toward district goals, but Superintendent Steven Baugh said they must not become complacent.

"It's just not enough anymore to be good, we must be leaders in education," Baugh said.Tuesday the board heard a mid-year progress report on the district's 1990-91 goals and long-term goals.

Gary Keetch, assistant superintendent of secondary education, said the district's at-risk programs are working effectively under the direction of two committees. The programs are designed to teach skills students can use after graduation.

"Our basic philosophy over the last few years is to develop a safety net around our schools so that if students have problems they will have somewhere to go," Keetch said.

Keetch said community and home-education programs are also proving effective. The district may soon start using video tapes and a telephone hotline to inform parents of the educational options available.

Luana Searle, assistant superintendent of elementary schools, said principals are using the statewide testing program to identify areas of weakness. Each principal is required to submit plans to make improvements in five areas.

Searle also said about $20,000 of career ladder money has been spent to train about 800 teachers in the essential elements of instruction. In June, administrators will attend a four-day seminar to receive training in clinical supervision.

Kolene Granger, assistant superintendent of instructional services, told the board that schools have been given the go-ahead to begin purchasing equipment with state technology money. A five-year master plan has been implemented.


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Alpine District goals

- Improve student performance in reading, writing and mathematics.

- Strengthen home and community in education partnerships.

- Conduct a study of the district's vocational/technical offerings.

- Recommend a master plan for technology implementation.

- Develop a master plan for quality education into the next century.

- Develop and strengthen business/industry partnerships within district.

- Take steps toward tobacco-free/drug-free schools and workplaces.