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Chatting Over Coffee With Blaine County School Officials

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By Brittany Cooper

Hailey, Idaho (KMVT-TV/KTWT-TV) A chat over a cup of coffee is a pastime for many of us, but the Blaine County School District uses it as an avenue to connect with parents and the community.

Dori Madsen moved to Hailey in June. Her children attend Hemingway Elementary and she couldn't be more pleased.

Madsen says, "they have been blown away, immediately fit in, they're the happiest they've ever been."

Making her first appearance at the coffee with the community event, Madsen didn't shy away from being included in the conversation.

"I'm so impressed with the district, how open they are to having parents talk to them and just open conversations about everything, willing to take criticism and be constructive with it."

The group of twenty or so gathered at the Golden Elk in Hailey. While they brought up a number of topics, one received extra attention- bullying.

Steve Guthrie, Board Chairman, Blaine County School District says, "we've taken a hard stance on bullying, we've had internal trainings for our teachers and administrators, the same for drugs and alcohol, we take that very seriously."

As Guthrie explains, it's not just a school district issue.

"It's a community challenge, not just a school district challenge so we've got to incorporate all of those elements again into a safety and security task force."

The Blaine County School District will be introducing the concept of a safety task force at a board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th at 6 p.m. in the district office.


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