Tony St. John, from left, Sherry St. Louis and J.B. Chapman take the oath of office for the Moffat County School Board on Friday morning in the district boardroom. St. Louis and Chapman won their first terms on the board during the November election, and St. John was elected to a second term.

Photo by Bridget Manley

Tony St. John, from left, Sherry St. Louis and J.B. Chapman take the oath of office for the Moffat County School Board on Friday morning in the district boardroom. St. Louis and Chapman won their first terms on the board during the November election, and St. John was elected to a second term.

New Moffat County School Board members cast 1st votes at Friday meeting

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Sandie Johns, left, newly elected Moffat County School Board president, hugs former president Jo Ann Baxter during an organizational meeting Friday in the district administration building’s board room. Baxter, who is term-limited, served on the board eight years.

In other action …

At its organizational meeting Friday, the Moffat County School Board:

• Voted, 6-0, to appoint Sandie Johns as board president, Karen Stillion as vice president and Christine Balderston as secretary.

• Heard an update on the Lobato vs. Colorado case, which contends Colorado’s school funding system doesn’t provide for a “thorough and uniform” education system. Moffat County School District is one of several Colorado school districts that are plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Kathy Gebhardt, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, told board members that a judge has yet to rule on the case.

Note: Andrea Camp was absent from Friday’s meeting.

Nearly 20 sheets of paper hung on a white board in the Moffat County School District boardroom Friday morning.

As J.B. Chapman and Sherry St. Louis cast their first votes as Moffat County School Board members, these pages were a visible reminder of everything they had yet to learn.

The pages were printed with words like “special education,” “administration” and “home school,” each representing a different topic that they, at some point, will have to become familiar with.

“Your brain gets so full so fast,” St. Louis said after the meeting.

They took their oath of office alongside Tony St. John, who won his second term in the November election, during a school board organizational meeting Friday morning.

Shortly afterward, St. Louis and Chapman made some of their first official actions as board members, approving the procedure to fill the District 7 seat, which garnered no interested applicants this race.

They said they need time to get familiar with their new positions before they know what issues they want to focus on or where the district needs improvement the most.

“Right now, my biggest goal is to absorb as much information as I can get my hands on and to learn the process,” St. Louis said.

Her ultimate goal, she added, is improved student achievement.

“I definitely want our students to be … ranked up there in the state of Colorado,” she said. “I want them to be able to excel and do the very best they can.”

Chapman also defined his vision for the future in broad strokes, saying that the community as a whole needs to set the bar higher for students.

“We need to establish a work ethic,” he said. “We need to establish discipline.”

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