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Bradshaw Mountain High School freshmen returning to main campus

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Incoming freshmen at Bradshaw Mountain High School will attend school at the West Campus instead of the East Campus. The BMHS East has been home to incoming freshman since the 2005-06 school year.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<p> Incoming freshmen at Bradshaw Mountain High School will attend school at the West Campus instead of the East Campus. The BMHS East has been home to incoming freshman since the 2005-06 school year.

PRESCOTT - Freshmen will be returning to the Bradshaw Mountain High School West Campus when classes start Aug. 4.

The classrooms at BMHS East will not remain empty. District officials are creating an "in-district" alternative school at the campus on Robert Road.

Humboldt Unified School District officials dedicated the BMHS East Campus in 2004. Freshmen began going there during the 2005-06 school year.

BMHS assistant principal Eileen Rowe will serve as the director at the alternative school, which will be for at-risk students and students struggling in a typical setting in grades seven through 12.

Rowe said the building has separate areas for the middle school and the high school students.

"We have about 40 students already signed up," Rowe said.

In addition to daytime classes, Rowe said the alternative school would offer classes four nights a week for those too old to attend a typical high school.

Elementary and middle schools

HUSD public relations director Mariela Bean said the district is "feeling the pinch of the economy. However, everyone in the district is coming forward to help. We are not altering people's behavior in preparation for students."

Bean said district officials compiled several brochures to help parents and students make a smooth transition from kindergarten to first grade and from fifth grade to sixth grade.

"The brochures also contain tips on how to prepare students emotionally, academically and physically for success (as well as) information on bus safety and nutrition," Bean said. "Parents should take their students to school on the first day, especially if they are transitioning. If students know what to expect, that will take away a lot of apprehension. On the district's end, we are doing everything we can to have the classrooms ready, the curriculum ready and the teachers ready."

High school

Bean said district officials reviewed all practices and procedures over the summer. She said during the 2008-09 school year, the staff members would seriously analyze the programs at BMHS.

"We want to take a look at what is needed in programs and classes. The recurring theme we are hearing from parents is personalized instruction and experience for students. Parents do not want their students to be just one among many. They want education that is student-centered," she said.

Human resources director Phil Young said the district has hired 32 new teachers. A few positions remain open, such as school psychologist, speech therapist and occupational therapist.

As of a week ago, Young said the district was still looking to hire a high school special education teacher, a middle school math teacher and a middle school guidance counselor.

Young said the district employs about 900 people, adding that the district has a "big list of classified and classroom aide positions open."

Contact the reporter at prhoden@prescottaz.com

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