Moffat County School Board takes action in Thursday meeting

At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School District Board of Education:

• Spoke with candidates running for positions with the board, including challengers KC Hume, Sue Voloshin, Darrell Camilletti and Tony Peroulis. A forum for the candidates will take place on Oct. 10 at Moffat County High School. Mail-in ballots will be sent to voters Oct. 15.

• Heard a report on the activities of Moffat County High School student council.

• Heard a report from Assistant Superintendent Brent Curtice on the recently received school and district accreditation ratings from the Colorado Department of Education. The evaluations are based on test scores from schools around the district, as well as the perceived levels of readiness for high school students for life after school and within the workforce.

• Heard a report on the state of the Maybell School from teacher Bill Ronis. Among Ronis’s talking points about the K-8 school were the increase in enrollment with students from both Maybell and Craig, the schedule of activities for the school year, and a nod to the amount of support from the school district.

• Heard a report on the Benefits Committee from Tinneal Gerber.

• Voted, 7-0, to adopt a resolution to support Amendment 66 in the November election. The proposed piece of legislation would involve a two-tiered tax increase statewide in order to raise nearly $1 billion for the State Education Achievement Fund.

• Voted, 7-0, to approve the reading of board policies regarding subjects such as parental involvement, electronic participation in school board meetings, staff ethics and conflicts of interest.

• Discussed the topic of Moffat County Homecoming.

• Discussed the best way to handle the search for a new superintendent to replace Joe Petrone, who will be leaving the district in mid-2014. Board President Sandie Johns suggested several options, including fielding out the search process to outside agencies, naming an interim superintendent until a permanent replacement could be found, and searching internally in the district for interested applicants. Board members agreed to hold off on a decision until future meetings, which will involve at least two new board members, who will likely want input.

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