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School board discusses prospective board candidates, Maybell School, hospital deal

Moffat County School District Board of Education member Tony St. John shares an update about the preschool program and Sunset Elementary School, to which he has been the board liaison for most of the past year, while Superintendent Brent Curtice and Board President J.B. Chapman looks on. St. John is term-limited and will not be running for re-election this November.

— Moffat County School District's Board of Education convened for its regularly monthly meeting Thursday evening, record-breaking for its brevity.

Coming in at just under 45 minutes, the meeting highlighted many of the week's back-to-school events and orientations for teachers and students. Board members also discussed and heard updates at the afternoon work session on the following:

• Nine packets were distributed to individuals interested in running for the four school board seats up for election this year.

None of the current incumbents — including JB Chapman in District 1, Tony St. John in District 3, Joel Browning in District 5 and KC Hume in District 7 — plan to run for re-election. St. John is the only board member who is term-limited.

The deadline for applicants to have their materials turned in was Friday, at which time packets had been turned in by four prospective candidates for District 1, two candidates for District 3, one candidate for District 5 and one candidate for District 7. One packet that had been distributed for District 7 was not turned in.

• A teacher and paraprofessional were successfully hired for Maybell School, which will launch into the new school year Monday with a family connection day alongside the other elementary schools.

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The school building has had a deep cleaning, with help from Maybell community members, and minor repairs have been made to the grounds both indoors and outdoors, according to Principal Amber Clark.

"The community has really come out," Clark said. "We could not have done it without them."

The student count is currently eight and a half funded students, including eight first through fifth-graders and one half-day kindergartner.

• The MCSD Shared School, a part-time enrollment program for homeschool students, now has 15 students officially enrolled, with at least 7 others who have expressed interest, according to Director of Educator Effectiveness Zack Allen.

• Board members discussed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Memorial Hospital, which has offered to provide 16 months of free telemedicine services to all school district employees at no cost to the district.

The MOU is part of the hospital's launch of SwiftMD, a service that gives enrollees access to a physician online or over the phone 24 hours per day. TMH recently implemented the program for its own employees, and is now looking to extend the service to other large employers in the community.

TMH also offered school district employees who enroll in SwiftMD a 20-percent discount on all healthcare services provided by the hospital or TMH-employed physicians.

• Tinneal Gerber announced that bid packets are available for two properties the district is selling — one on 13th Street and another at 7th St. and Breeze St. Sealed bids are due back to the superintendent's office by 2:59 p.m. Sept. 22 and will be opened publicly at 3 p.m. The school board will award the bids at the Sept. 24 board meeting.

Bid packets can be picked up at the superintendent's office and are also available online.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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