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December 13, 2018 Superintendent pitches sharing to help schools
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Lone Tree school Superintendent Ken Crawford pitched the proposed sharing of his position with the Highland Community School District to a group of seniors whose children have long-since graduated from the school.

The event was the superintendent’s monthly coffee with the seniors in the city’s new Wellness Center.

“The hope is for efficiency,” Crawford said, introducing the subject as a financial necessity.

The district usually gets a 1 percent or 2 percent increase in state funding, while more is needed.

“We haven’t had 4 percent for over 15 years,” he said.

Sharing, which brings financial incentives from the state, helps bridge the financial gap.

The two districts each will receive about $140,000 for sharing positions.

The Lone Tree and Highland boards are discussing a 50-50 split of the superintendent’s time between the two districts. Currently, Crawford is devoted four days per week to Lone Tree and one day to Highland.

Both school boards are expected to approve a sharing agreement this week.

Crawford urged the seniors to regularly watch the school’s Facebook and Twitter pages online to keep informed about what is happening in the classrooms.

“We try really, really hard to get images of the kids and what they are doing,” he said.

Crawford mentioned that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are tough on many students, especially those in lower-income households.

Television is filled with commercials, showing wonderful gifts and families enjoying the holidays.

Children whose lives don’t match those depicted on TV may become angry. Teachers in the Lone Tree schools are reminded of this, Crawford said, and asked to watch for students who may be depressed during the holidays.

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