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Board will address tough issues Monday night

Search for superintendent, CSAP scores and Internet accessibility top school board's list

By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer

At the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting next Monday, the board will initiate its plan to recruit a new superintendent of schools, said board president Phil Hastings.
The position was left vacant by former superintendent Duane Wrightson, who left last summer for a job in Michigan.
Pete Bergmann is serving as interim-superintendent.
“What I’m hoping is we approve how we’re going to do the search,” Hastings said.
One option the board has, he said, is to hire an outside entity to do the search, while the Colorado Association of School Boards also offers recruitment services.
“Our other option is to do it all ourselves,” he said. “It’s a cumbersome process. You have to do a lot of legwork and talk to people, because every candidate looks perfect on paper.”
The school improvement committee will also give a report on its goals for the upcoming school year.
Board member John Wellman said he was not sure what the report would entail this year, but said last year’s report resulted in the school board’s decision to put more money into the English Language Learning program (ELL).
Hastings was not sure what the report would contain either, but said it would likely be tied to how schools in the district can raise their accreditation results, mainly, Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) scores.
One area in which Hastings was particularly concerned, was students’ math scores.
“We really need to do something in that area,” he said.
At Moday’s afternoon meeting, which starts at 4 p.m., a public hearing will be held to discuss two Moffat County School District policies.
Changes in the “Let’s Listen” session policy and the student internet use policy will be open to public discussion.
Several wording changes were made in the “Let’s Listen” policy.
“Let’s Listen,” previously called “Let’s Talk,” is a half hour set aside at the start of the monthly school board meeting for community members to voice their concerns to board of education members.
One key change in the policy is the removal of the requirement placed on people wishing to speak to call ahead of time and inform the superintendent that they wish to speak at the meeting.
In the updated policy, people are “encouraged” to call ahead, but not required.
The other policy open to a public hearing Monday night is the student Internet use policy.
At October’s meeting, board members approved the list of restrictions put on students in regard to Internet use.
Software is used to filter material considered unsuitable for student viewing. Examples include pornography, weapons, gambling and racism/hate sites.
“Not only are people welcome to come, they’re encouraged to come to the hearings,” Hastings said.
The afternoon school board meeting starts at 4 p.m. at the Moffat County School Administration building and the night meeting starts at 7 p.m. with the “Let’s Listen” session.