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County school board OKs goals, mill levy

Lee Harstad

The Moffat County School District Board of Education met Tuesday evening during a regular board meeting.

After an introduction of District 8 state honor band students from Moffat County High School (MCHS), story readings by Sunset Elementary School students and miscellaneous items, the meeting proceeded into the action portion.

The board approved goals of the School Improvement Committee (SIC), which were discussed during the November meeting. Approved goals include a continuance in the study of class sizes at all grade levels to determine best performance, examining the current kindergarten through sixth-grade structure to review if it is at best capacity to serve educational needs and to ensure safety issues are up to par by checking if some areas need to be upgraded, such as playground equipment and student behavior.

The mill levy was certified and approved by the board as was a change in administrative policy dealing with a change from three teacher evaluations before May 1 each year to two evaluations. This motion was approved and the board agreed this will be a minimum number of times a teacher will be evealuated per year.

A proposal to purchase a new bus for the Moffat County school system was also approved. Although Moffat County Transportation Director Jim Baptist prefers using the Blue Bird brand of bus, he recommended a Thomas brand due to a major price difference. Of two bids received by Baptist, a new Blue Bird bus would have cost the district $91,885 while the Thomas bus will cost $79,638. Baptist stressed the bus is not cheap and the low cost is partly due to the company wanting “to get their foot in the door” of the Moffat County School District.

This cost difference made the decision because the buses were similiar in terms of capacity and engine. The new Thomas bus will seat 72 (seats will be spaced out more than normal to offer more comfort to travelers) and a cargo bay will be underneath the bus. The bus is planned to be used for activities.

It was also asked of MCHS Principal Joel Sheridan to look into the abseentism policy at MCHS and determine if the policy should be changed to accomodate students who were absent from school due to circumstances such as a college visit. Sheridan reviewed the policy for board members, stating the policy is designed to give rewards for less absences, not to punish those with more absences. For now, the policy will remain as is.