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Work of guidance counselors questioned

The Sweet Home School Board questioned the effectiveness of high school guidance counselors Tuesday after receiving student complaints that paperwork was not being sent on to colleges in a timely fashion and that students were having trouble meeting with counselors.

District guidance counselors went before the School Board to provide reports for the ongoing Comprehensive District Education Plan.

Board member Heidi Dizer said she had heard from students that letters of recommendation and transcripts were getting lost in the shuffle and asked whether the guidance counselors could be more effective.

"It sounds like maybe this should be a better process where things aren't getting lost," Dizer said. "I'm not questioning any one person, just perhaps the workload."

Jousline Haddad, a student representative on the School Board and a high school senior, said she recently had trouble getting an appointment with a guidance counselor and was worried her transcripts wouldn't be sent out on time to meet a college deadline.

Guidance counselor John Colvin said he was confident that paperwork was being filed in a timely fashion and that counselors were on hand for all students.

He said he would look into any specific complaints from students or parents but stressed that counselors are providing students a variety of resources and tools for locating colleges and academic programs.

He also said letters are sent home to parents, telling them of options at their disposal and urging students to take the initiative in making appointments with their counselors.

Vice President Douglas Galli said he would like to see a better way to measure the effectiveness of the guidance department but acknowledged the nature of services provided by the department makes much of its work hard to measure.

In other matters, the board:

* Approved a public hearing on the 2006-07 district budget for 7 p.m. May 2 in Sweet Home High School.

* Approved the nomination of Judith Katz and Donette Darrow as candidates for the office of trustee on the board of Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Darrow was approved unanimously, while Katz was approved by a 5-2 vote, with Dirk Rabenold and Karen Barton opposing.

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