Craig Briefs: Moffat County selects 3 superintendent finalists |

Craig Briefs: Moffat County selects 3 superintendent finalists

The Moffat County School District Board of Education held semifinalist interviews on Feb. 4 and selected the following finalists:

Brent Curtice

■ Currently assistant superintendent, Moffat County School District

■ Three years experience as assistant superintendent, 16 years experience as a high school principal

■ Enrollment 2,100 students

Annual budget of $20,100,000

■ Holds an M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado.

Gregory Fromm

■ Currently assistant superintendent of administrative services, Coachella Valley School District in California (near Palm Springs)

■ Three years experience as an assistant superintendent, four years total of central office experience and five years experience as a middle school principal

■ Enrollment of 18,000 students

■ Annual budget of $183,000,000

■ Holds an M.A. from California State University.

Jinger Haberer

■ Director of student achievement for the Aurora Public Schools

■ One year experience in central office and eight years experience as a principal at the middle and high school

■ Supervises and directs the management of 11 schools with an enrollment of 7,150 students

■ Annual budget for each school is a site decision

■ Holds an M.A. from the University of Colorado (also is a registered nurse).

Finalist interviews are scheduled for Monday through Thursday.

Democrats criticized for logo bill shutout

Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, is speaking out against Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new Colorado logo.

He introduced a bill that would’ve given voters the opportunity to opt out of the logo, but the bill was killed in committee Tuesday.

The logo has met criticism because of the design and its cost.

“The effort to create the new logo cost $800,000 of public money provided by Colorado Tourism Authority and Statewide Internet Portal Authority, in addition to over a million dollars of private donations,” according to a news release from Rankin.

Because Rankin’s bill was voted down along a party line, the representative called out Democrats.

“Democrats once again don’t want to listen and have decided to align themselves with Gov. Hickenlooper’s disregard for our state’s history and heritage,” Rankin said in the release. “Marketing and advertising professionals, as well as the general public, are widely rejecting this new logo and it’s unfortunate Democrats were unwilling to give Colorado voters the opportunity to express their opposition.”

Craig educator honored with literacy award

Vera Turner recently received the Celebrate Literacy Award from the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.

Given the honor at the CCIRA Conference on Literacy on Thursday in Denver, Turner was nominated by colleague Sue Goodenow, who said in her nomination letter that Turner “celebrates literacy daily” in her work.

“She works tirelessly finding better ways for students to succeed,” Goodenow said. “Her bright spirit and enthusiasm make all of us feel valued and important.”

Turner is the literacy coordinator for Sandrock Elementary School and the gifted education coordinator for all of Moffat County School District. Turner said she has striven to promote family involvement in local literacy efforts and continuing the work of Sagebrush Reading Council.

“We want to do anything to keep literacy in the forefront and remind people that literacy isn’t just reading, it encompasses everything — speaking, listening, writing, anything that has to with words,” she said.

Turner added that she feels very honored to be acknowledged and that she feels many in Craig deserve the same distinction.

“I’m lucky to be part of a very unique team that does a lot with literacy,” Turner said. “It’s humbling because you think of all the people who mentored you. Getting to a point of public recognition, you didn’t get there on your own. You have a lot of support along the way. I feel very grateful.”

Calvary Baptist hosting Valentine’s Day dinner

Calvary Baptist School will be offering a Prime Rib Valentine Banquet for the community at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. The event is $12 per person or $20 per couple, and admission includes dinner and live entertainment. There will also be a dessert auction following the meal.

For more information, call 970-824-3111.

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