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The Springville school district will host a “Community Conversation” to gain a better understanding of the values held by its residents in relation to educational programs and operations.

This information will then help guide the School Board during the upcoming budget development process.

The district invites all residents to attend the event, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Middle School cafeteria, with Jan. 9 serving as an alternative date.

“At the board’s retreat, members discussed trying a new format to engage and involve the community,” Superintendent Paul Connelly said during a board meeting Tuesday night. “Forums and town hall-style meetings tend to unravel. This is a very structured way to learn the values of the community.”

The event will focus on extracurricular activities, instructional programming, facilities operations, and other topics.

Attendees will be broken into small groups, with open dialogue encouraged.

Group members will help compile a list of programs they deem important, then rotate with other groups and compare results. The list will be condensed and shown as part of the final budget presentation in the spring, Connelly said.

In other matters Tuesday, School Board President Mel Williams said the board should consider reducing its meetings from two to one per month, except during budget season.

The board’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the High School library. The second scheduled meeting for the month is canceled.