Moffat County School Board moving closer to new superintendent

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

• Heard from Craig resident Mike McCleery about his suggestions for the Moffat County High School varsity football team. McCleery, an MCHS graduate and part of the 1967 team that went to the state championships, said he has approached the team and the district about improving the football program’s coaching and player efficiency in the past but has not had his ideas accepted.

• Heard from Craig resident Kindra Jazwick about increasing communication between the district’s schools and parents. Among her comments was the need to update the district site www.moffatsd.org.

• Heard an update on MCHS Student Council from Student Body President Calden Scranton about upcoming activities, such as a Battle of the Sexes Week, a Sadie Hawkins dance and Key Club’s efforts to promote kindness between students.

• Heard a report from Activities and Athletics Director Rick Schmitz about winter sports, including wrestling, swimming and basketball.

• Listed “Reasons We’re Proud,” including Craig Middle School’s efforts to buy an outdoor volleyball net — which students will share with adjacent Sandrock Elementary School — MCHS band students attending multiple honors performances across Colorado and the overall attendance of the meeting, in which most spectator seats were filled.

Board member Tony Peroulis commended parents and community members present.

“Stay involved, and make us work hard,” he said.

• Approved, 5-1, consent items such as minutes from previous meetings, a financial report and investment summary from December 2013, a quarterly general fund report and check registers from December 2013 and January 2014. Peroulis was the lone dissenter, saying he did not approve of the attached personnel report for January 2014 because of the communication involved with it. He added that while he supported the board, he also thought the report reflected a lack of accountability.

• Heard a report from Ridgeview Elementary School Principal Amber Clark on the STEAM curriculum at Maybell School, where she is also principal. The STEAM program extends the STEM education to include energy, arts and agriculture and focuses on bringing all different subjects together in the classroom. A slideshow also noted that Maybell School started the River Watch program and the National Energy Education Development Project this year.

• Approved, 6-0, policies regarding disciplinary removals from the classroom, the district mission statement and school board goals and objectives, as well as repealing outdated policies about the district’s legal status and school board authority.

• Announced details of the 2014-15 school year calendar, which will include 169 days for elementary students and 171 for secondary grade levels.

• Announced an update on the search to replace Superintendent Joe Petrone. The board will be interviewing final candidates throughout several steps starting in February.

“Our goal is to have our selection made by our February meeting,” Board President JB Chapman said.

— Board member Sue Voloshin was unable to attend the meeting.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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