New group focusing attention on Moffat County education system

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Darrell Camilletti

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Scott Cook

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Audrey Danner

At a glance …

• Commitment to Excellence is a newly formed group focused on improving education in Moffat County.

• The group includes members of the local business community, Moffat County School District administrators and local residents.

• Group member: The new organization is in its “infant stage.”

If you go …

What: Commitment to Excellence meeting

When: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16

Where: Conference room of Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, 100 E. Victory Way.

Quotable

“We want to build a great education system in Moffat County. … And we want to support the administration and the schools in helping them do that.”

— Darrell Camilletti, Commitment to Excellence member

The world has changed since Scott Cook graduated from Moffat County High School in 1975.

“It used to be you just had to be kind of better than your fellow Americans to get a good job,” said Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet. “Now you’ve got to be better than everybody in the world.”

In his view, competing on a global level makes high-quality education particularly important now.

Cook is one of several Craig businessmen who are part of a newly formed group called Commitment to Excellence. Its mission: To help improve the local school system.

The group, which has had two meetings so far, includes city and county officials, Moffat County School District administrators and other residents. Daily Press publisher Bryce Jacobson also is part of the group.

Members expressed various views on education in Moffat County and the group’s role in it.

Cook stressed that Commitment to Excellence’s purpose isn’t to fix the Moffat County school system.

“When people say that they’re going to fix something, it usually implies that there’s something broken,” he said. “And I don’t think there’s necessarily anything broken in the school system. We just want to improve it.”

Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner, who has attended one of the group’s meetings, said her intent is to support the school district as it’s trying to educate students on a reduced budget.

Looking at improvements may come, she said, “but … I am there to support the school district as a citizen, as a government official and as a community member.”

Darrell Camilletti had a different view.

“(Group members) have a concern about mediocrity and the school system in general,” said Camilletti, a Commitment to Excellence member and managing member of Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services.

The issue, he added, goes beyond what happens in the classroom and extends to athletics and extracurricular activities.

“We’re not at the level the group thinks we’re capable of,” he said. “We want to build a great education system in Moffat County. … And we want to support the administration and the schools in helping them do that.”

The group’s formation is spurring discussions in the community about education, Cook said. He believes that’s a good sign.

“I see nothing but positive, to be honest with you,” he said, adding that with such a broad issue as education, “the only way to improve it is to have everybody in the community involved.”

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Comments

dennis collins 3 years, 1 month ago

kudos, scott.

i hope you can change things. i once hired a young man to work for me. he had just "graduated" from moffat county high school. this boy was not trainable so i offered to help him get into the military. they tested him and found him to be "functually illiterate" the kid couldn't read !!

the schools come to us wanting more money all the time and then graduate kids that cannot read ?

we need people like you guys, outside the teachers unions and such to ride herd on these people. i'll bet if the teachers feet were held to the fire and their pay scale adjusted to meet their output of well educated kids, things would change.

well, its a nice pipe dream. good luck with this and i will be waiting, watching, but certainly not voting for any tax increases till i see some real change.

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Ray Cartwright 3 years, 1 month ago

@cmawest I guess I need some clarification on your comment. I know that you didn't mean that the Teachers Union is to blame for not riding herd on these people. Or was it to mean that the Teachers Union is entirely to blame for the standard of graduates that are being put out at Moffat County High.

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dennis collins 3 years ago

good grief ! i said someone outside these unions to ride heard on the system itself. wow there is always someone married to a teacher that comes in and makes zero sense.

you people always want citizen groups to watchdog things like the police, but say one thing about the "never do wrong" teachers and your in trouble.

my concern is only for the kids. in my day you couldn't have gotten out of the 3rd grade if you couldn't read, but today we graduate kids like that. o.k. genius, tell me why ? don't jump up and defend the system, defend the kids. c'mon were waiting.

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Ray Cartwright 3 years ago

And I Quote: "Good grief! [I]i said someone outside these unions to ride [herd]heard on the system itself. [W]wow there is always someone married to a teacher [Sorry you are wrong. I am not married to a teacher; you were assuming] that comes in and makes zero sense.

[Y]you people always want citizen groups to watchdog things like the police, but say one thing about the “never do wrong” teachers and [you're]your in trouble. Looks like a few lessons from the union watch dog committee wouldn't hurt your situation at all...

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kidsrrfuture 3 years ago

cmawest, Many things said on these blogs are upsetting and people often choose to fight and bicker instead of solve problems.

I understand how it may be upsetting to hire a graduate that is, "functionally illiterate." As an educator, I know that there are many reasons that this may happen. I do not know any teacher who takes pride in having to pass on a student that is not at grade level. As I said before, there are several reasons this may occur.

I welcome the new committee that Mr. Cook is helping create. As teachers in Moffat County we have been asking for more community support for years. I am asking you too, to become part of our solution. Our community and our children need vested people to help us all to reach our potential. So, here is your chance to get involved and become a defender of Moffat County children.

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