BCHS policies get OK


Breezing through a light agenda, Beaverhead County High School District trustees gave unanimous nods Monday evening to final readings of policies relating to encouragement of family involvement with the school, as well as promising to incorporate writing in all aspects of the curriculum and strengthening rules relating to conduct by all persons on school property.

Unanimous approval was also given to renewing a girls’ softball cooperative agreement with Twin Bridges High school, paying the $560 premium to the Montana High School Association for catastrophic insurance coverage for the next school year and paying $4,500 in dues to the MHSA. Also, the trustees voted to renew an agreement with Alta Care to provide mental health services to the district and renewed its agreement for curriculum planning services.

Gary Haverfield, assistant principal, presented a list of BCHS activities teams honored recently as Army National Guard Academic All Team Award winners. The awards are made by the MHSA on behalf of the Army National Guard to the top three teams that exhibit outstanding academic achievement during the school year’s second quarter of play or performance.

The list shared by Haverfield includes the following BCHS teams, with averaged grade-point averages and placings: freshman boys’ basketball, 3.806, first; junior varsity boys’ basketball, 3.488, second; varsity boys’ basketball, 3.625, first; varsity girls’ basketball, 3.652, second; winter spirit (cheer squad) varsity, 3.533, second; varsity speech and debate, 3.59, second; and varsity wrestling, 2.952, third.

“Our kids do a tremendous job in the classroom as well” as on the field of competition, he said.

Haverfield briefed the trustees about the district’s continuing efforts to establish a comprehensive bullying prevention program. Noting that 30 percent of students surveyed have said bullying is a problem that Dillon’s high school, he said one of the approaches being considered is offered by Clemson University’s Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

“Hopefully, by next fall, we will have something in place,” Haverfield said. Superintendent Fred Chouinard said such a service would be coordinated with the school’s Montana Behavior Institute program. He agreed that the school is taking the matter seriously.

“Bullying takes a lot of forms,” he said, adding that reported incidences seem to reoccur annually with every incoming freshman class, so there is always a need to address the problem. He called a formal anti-bullying program “another tool in the toolbox” for providing for a safe learning environment.

Chouinard also reported that Cynthia Barnes has resigned her family and consumer science teaching position after 23 years, effective May 30, to pursue other opportunities and spend more time with her family. He said the search is underway for her replacement.

Since Chairman Gary Love would not be able to attend the May trustees’ meeting, originally scheduled for May 12, the board opted to move the session back to the next week, when they will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 20.