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Schools to undergo independent review of operations

Sunnyside School Board officials approved at their most recent meeting the hiring of Lahmann Consulting, which will conduct an independent review of the district's organizational structure.

The review is required and paid for by the Summit Initiative, an OSPI grant program aimed at improving student academic achievement within three years, according to Curtis Campbell, the district's community relations coordinator.

After reviewing organizational structure, consultants will make recommendations based on comparisons of similarly sized school districts.

The review is not expected to exceed 10 days and will cost $1,500 per day, plus travel expenses.

"They'll look at the work that's being done, how it's being done, what we're doing right and what we need to improve upon," Campbell said, adding the outcome is intended to help increase the organizational capacity within the school district in achieving the goals set forth by being involved in Summit.

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