Moffat County Board of Education elects new president

Hastings replaces Ellgen; board convenes into executive session for discussion on search for superintendent

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By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
The Moffat County Board of Education did not see much change as a result of last week's elections with only one new member being named to the board.
But at Monday night's meeting, a significant transformation was made in the infrastructure of the board.
First, Phil Hastings replaced Gary Ellgen as board president, while John Wellman replaced Chuck Malley as vice president, Steve Hafey replaced Wellman as secretary, and Mike Brinks retained his current position as treasurer.
Several changes were also made to committees on which members serve.
John Kinkaid was appointed as the representative on the Colorado Association of School Boards Legislative Committee (CASB).
The CASB legislative network consists of one school board member from each school district who communicates with one lobbyist who represents all the school districts in Colorado.
Kinkaid must keep up on legislative issues and communicate them to the board, while at the same time communicate concerns from the Moffat County school board to the CASB lobbyist.
Other committee changes included the school improvement committee, in which Jerry Magas replaced Phil Hastings. The school improvement committee meets on the second Thursday of every month.
Newly elected member Rod Durham replaced John Kinkaid on the problem solving committee, which meets the last Monday of the month.
The final committee change was on the activity council, where Phil Hastings replaced Chuck Malley.
At the end of the meeting, Interim Superintendent Pete Bergmann reminded the board about the importance of promptly getting started in its search to recruit a new superintendent.
"The intent right now is not to have decisions made in this regard," he said. "My recommendation is that you very quickly appoint a chairman or committee to begin this process."
The board then adjourned into executive session to discuss beginning its search for a new superintendent.

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