Education Briefs: Colorado teacher salaries decline |

Education Briefs: Colorado teacher salaries decline

According to analysis by the Colorado School Finance project, over the past 16 years, Colorado’s teacher salaries have declined by about $3,700 or a 6.8 percent decline compared to the national average. During the same period, the U.S. Average teacher salary declined about $770 of a 1.8 percent decline. The Colorado School Finance project is a nonprofit  founded in 1995 to compile, collect and distribute research-based, non-partisan information and data on topics related to school finance for state and local policy makers. A chart showing teacher salary comparisons is available at:

Summer Brain Gain Going on now at Boys & Girls Club

Children have a fun way to grown their brains this summer at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig. The summer Brain Grain program is offering literacy and math enrichment at the club. Children ages six to eight years can participate in Hooked on Phonics and Addition/Subtraction Fact Families from 9 to  11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Children ages nine to 11 can participate in Writer’s Workshop and Multiplication Facts from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Programs are being offered free to all children in Craig. To learn more and register contact the club by calling 970-826-0411 or by emailing

Spartan’s Middle School Soccer Camp starts July 10

Colorado Northwestern Community College men’s soccer coach Joe Eades will lead a one week camp to help athletes in grades six through nine, work on specific skills and improve receiving, dribbling, passing and shooting. Campers will walk away with better skills and tips for how to continue to improve. Camps runs from July 10 through July 14 at Woodbury Park in Craig and costs $130. Call 970-824-1101 for information on how to register.

Free Books at the Book Mobile on Wednesdays

Kids can get a free book or trade books at the Sagebrush Reading Council Book Mobile at area parks on Wednesdays. Stops include:

  • 10-10:30 a.m. at the Skate Park, 2000 Baker Dr.
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. Breeze Street Park, 595 Breeze St.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Woodbury Park, 1388-1398 W 3rd St.
  • 12:15-12:40 p.m. City Park, 500 – 600 Washington St.

On July 12 and Aug. 2 from 9:15-9:45 a.m. the Book Mobile will stop at the Boys & Girls Club in Craig.

Concealed Carry Class at CNCC July 1

CNCC is offering another Concealed Carry and Gun Safety course this summer. The class teaches gun safety and pistol operation for ages 12 and older. Students 21 and older will have the opportunity to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit and the certification resulting from the course if valid for 10 years.

Students must supply gun and ammo. It is recommended they bring their open safety glasses and hearing protection, though some will be available for students to use. Instructor Matt Winey’s class is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 1 at Bears Ears Sportsman’s Range at Cedar Mountain. Class fee is $65. Senior class fee is $45 and students 12-16 years old pay $40.

Call 970-824-1101 for information on how to register.

CNCC Training Courses

CNCC has announced its first official training course to train volleyball officials. If you are looking for a great way to earn a little extra money and love the sport of volleyball, you can become an official. The first step is to take the CNCC class. Class runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 8 at Room 201, CNCC Belltower, 50 College Drive, Craig. Costs: $45 class fee, $15 textbook fee and $71 testing fee.

Call 970-824-1101 for information on how to register.

Write Club

Moffat County Write Club offers activities for ages 8 and up from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays June 5 through August 21 at the Craig branch of the library, 570 Green St. For more information, call 970-824-5116.

Library Youth Club

Moffat County Youth Club offers activities for ages 8 and up from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays May 31 through August 23 at the Craig branch of the library, 570 Green St. For more information, call 970-824-5116.

Themes are:

  • July 5: Map Quest
  • July 12: Building
  • July 19: Amazing Art
  • July 26: Great Inventions
  • August 2: Castles
  • August 9: Native America
  • August 16: Build Big
  • August 23: Rollercoasters

Moffat County Library story times and themes

Story times for children are hosted at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays in the children’s room at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries. The library asks parents and children to come early, as entering the children’s room late causes distraction.

  • June 29: 4th of July
  • July 6: Grocery Store
  • July 13: Construction Zone
  • July 20: Let’s Build
  • July 27: Inventions

Summer Food Program underway

The Moffat County School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will provide free meals for children throughout the summer.

Meals are provided to all children without charge or discrimination, and the same meals are provided regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability.

Lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to noon. A snack will be available from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. June 5 through Aug. 18 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Lunch will also be provided from 11:30 a.m. to noon July 11 through Aug. 19 at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E Ninth St.

To file a civil rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint form found online at or at any USDA office. Call 866-623-9992 to request the form, or send a letter containing all of the information requested in the form to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax to 202-690-7442 or by email to

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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