Eyes on achievement: New Craig, Moffat County group designed to assist educational efforts

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Maximum Commitment to Excellence

Maximum Commitment to Excellence is a new group designed to assist educational efforts in Moffat County

Maximum Commitment to Excellence is a new group designed to assist educational efforts in Moffat County

If you go …

What: Maximum Commitment to Excellence meeting

When: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10

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

— The meeting is open to the public.

If you go …

What: Booster club meeting

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane.

— The meeting is to discuss the formation of a non-profit booster club to fund athletic and academic activities in Moffat County schools.

Quotable:

I think that it’s in all our best interests to partner with the school district and do what we can to improve the education of our children.”

— Jim Ferree, Craig city manager and Maximum Commitment Excellence member, on the goal of the newly formed group

Scott Cook said he’s often heard his preteen children ask the question when they’re doing math homework: Why do I have to learn this stuff?

A group designed to augment the local education system intends to provide an answer.

“I think some of the businesses can go in and show the kids how they (can) use the things they learn in school when they get into the work world,” said Cook, a member of Maximum Commitment to Excellence, a newly formed local group.

Members of the group discussed this and other initiatives at its meeting Friday at Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services in Craig.

One of the four committees created at the meeting is tailored to getting local businesses more involved in schools.

Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet, foresees the partnership as a way to connect students to the real world that awaits them after graduation.

“I think (local business representatives) can show (students) why they have to learn that stuff because they’re going to need it,” he said.

He believes the collaboration between business and education shouldn’t stop there.

Local business leaders also could reinforce habits like timeliness that are essential to a good work ethic, he said.

“I think that unfortunately sometimes kids don’t learn what they have to do in the work world until it’s too late,” he said.

“So, hopefully, this will be a way that they can learn some of those things, and they’ll be painless lessons instead of real lessons that are a little more painful sometimes.”

Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, believes collaboration between the district and local business community will yield positive results.

“There’s no doubt,” he said.

When community members connect what students are learning to life outside the school, “what you get from that is energized students that look forward to learning,” Petrone said, “because they know that what they’re learning today can be applied to their future.”

The 15 or so business leaders, local government officials and educators who attended Friday’s meeting also created committees centered around encouraging community involvement and forming a booster club.

The latter, a nonprofit, would raise funds to pay for athletic and academic expenses and “everything that has to do with the enhanced learning or development of students within our community to just give them a boost,” said Tony Peroulis, a Maximum Commitment to Excellence member who’s heading up the booster club committee.

A meeting to discuss the proposed club is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane, and is open to the public.

The final committee created Friday centers around supporting school district initiatives.

The committee has yet to meet with the school district, committee member Jim Ferree said, so the specific initiatives it will support have yet to be determined.

“We’re just getting our feet on the ground,” said Ferree, Craig city manager.

He’s is involved in Maximum Commitment to Excellence as a city representative, but he also has a personal interest in the group. He’s the father of two children — Jamie, 12, and Nicole, 16 — enrolled in Moffat County schools.

“I just think it’s in all of our best interests to partner with the school district and do what we can to help improve the education of our children,” he said.

The next Maximum Commitment to Excellence meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 at Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services.

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