Basalt group seeks funds for full-time enrichment post |

Basalt group seeks funds for full-time enrichment post

A new academic enrichment program at the Basalt Middle and Elementary schools has been partially funded by the school district, but in order to hire a full-time enrichment coordinator for the 1999-2000 school year, more funds must be raised.

Basalt school administrators have allocated $17,500 for a part-time enrichment coordinator next year, but members of the Basalt Academic Enrichment Committee (BAEC) – the group responsible for establishing the program – are trying to raise matching funds that would allow for a full-time coordinator.

“We’re grateful that the schools have agreed to go ahead with this program that will help meet the needs of high achievers and give all students a more stimulating learning environment,” said BAEC head Beth Mehall. “But a full-time position is really what we need.”

The enrichment program will provide a library of hands-on learning materials for Basalt Middle and Elementary School students and also allow for students to study elective subjects outside the normal classroom curriculum, such as Spanish, drama or electronics. Previous enrichment-type programs in Basalt have been lost in budget cuts.

Persons interested in supporting the program may send tax-deductible contributions to Basalt Elementary School, along with a note earmarking the funds for the enrichment program. The additional $17,500 for the enrichment coordinator position must be raised by Aug. 15 to ensure that a full-time coordinator is hired.

For more information about the enrichment program, contact Mehall at 927-4432 or Betsy Bingham-Johns at 963-3004.

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