Welcome to Carbon School District! It is our hope that this website will serve you in providing important information regarding our instructional programs, our improvement plans, our support programs, and our staff. We encourage you to browse the website and to give us feedback about the content and the structure.
Carbon School District is located in Carbon County, situated in the southeastern region of the state. We serve approximately 3500 students in five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. We serve students across a radius that measures approximately 35 miles. Obviously, transportation is a major challenge for our rural school district. Our buildings range in age from Helper Middle School, constructed in 1936, to Bruin Point Elementary, constructed in 2006. Capital improvements and upgrades are a major focus for our district.
Carbon School District has been fortunate to have participated in many grant opportunities, the largest of which have been federal reading grants. We participated in the Reading Excellence Award (REA) grant program from 2000-2004, in the Reading First program from 2005-2009, in a state Math Improvement Grant from 2006-2009, as well as in a couple of secondary math grants extending from 2006-2009. As a result of these grants, which provided the research base and the resources, we have been able to implement many research-based practices in reading, writing, and math. We have experienced some positive results in terms of student achievement as a result of these grants.
The Board of Education has actively participated in the "What Counts" process, a process by which the Board and the school district are able to elicit input from the community on its various programs and practices. This year, 2009, Board of Education and district administration will share the responsibility of implementing the What Counts process. We encourage the community to participate in our What Counts events as a way to engage in our improvement processes.
As a result of the What Counts events in 2009-2010, two issues were identified as important challenges requiring our immediate attention. The problem of Bullying in the schools was the first priority -- this includes student to student bullying but also, in some cases, adult bullying. Each of our schools will establish a renewed focus on this critical social problem. A second issue identified as needing attention is the updating of our Student Information System (SIS). Parents and students are using technology as a means of coordinating their home efforts with the school and are accessing SIS more and more frequently. We invite parents to communicate with their school administration and give them feedback about these issues. It is important for us to work together toward these ends to improve the learning environment for our students.