Heritage Academy

A view of Heritage Academy charter school in Jerome.

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JEROME — Heritage Academy in Jerome is holding a parent night this month in response to a controversial survey given earlier this school year.

The event is April 19 and it’s “an evening focused on helping our children become successful, resilient individuals,” according to a Monday announcement from the school.

A baked potato bar dinner is 6 p.m., followed by a presentation and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by Heritage Academy superintendent Christine Ivie, the charter school’s board of directors and Lincoln County chief probation officer Linda Boguslawski.

Participants will include Idaho Supreme Court juvenile and child protection judge Mark Ingram, Jerome County deputy prosecutor Luverne Shull and Dr. Christopher Edwards, eastern region director of St Luke’s Behavioral Health.

A group of parents are upset about a 10-question Adverse Childhood Experience survey given Feb. 8 to Heritage Academy students. Some are considering legal action.

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But administrators say the survey was useful and found about 70 percent of Heritage Academy students scored a three or higher — meaning they’ve experienced at least three stressful life situations such as sexual abuse, witnessing domestic violence or going without meals.

For more information about the event or to RSVP for dinner, call the school office at 208-595-1617, or email civie@heritageacademyid.org or rhiggins@heritageacademyid.org.

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