Education briefs for May 3, 2014: Sunset Elementary principal’s contract will not be renewed |

Education briefs for May 3, 2014: Sunset Elementary principal’s contract will not be renewed

Sandrock Elementary School Principal Kamisha Siminoe, center, is joined by staff members in honor of her recognition as one of the finalists for the Colorado branch of National Association of Elementary School Principals. Though she did not take the title of Nationally Distinguished Principal, Siminoe was one of three principals in the state to be considered for it.
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Laura Vinger, Sunset Elementary School principal, is seeking legal counsel after learning that her contract will not be renewed.

Vinger declined to comment on the situation on the advice of her attorney. Her job status came about after the April 24 meeting of the Moffat County School District Board of Education.

Because of the terms of executive session, where the board discussed a “personnel matter” with Vinger, the details are not fully available. Earlier this week, the district posted the Sunset principal position in the open jobs section of

Sandrock Elementary principal receives state recognition

Kamisha Siminoe, principal for Sandrock Elementary School, was recently named a finalist in the National Distinguished Principals program through National Association of Elementary School Principals, which recognizes excellence in the administrative position.

She was nominated by fellow Craig educators Amber Clark, principal for Ridgeview Elementary, and David Grabowski, assistant principal for Moffat County High School.

Siminoe, one of three finalists for Colorado, was evaluated by a judging committee in late March. Though she was not given the top honor in the state, receiving a crystal apple as a runner-up, she said it was humbling to be considered.

“I never thought of it as something that was focused on me but on the collective work of the Sandrock staff,” she said. “You can’t be a good leader without great people behind you.”

Farewell party for outgoing high school principal May 9

Moffat County High School will host a farewell celebration for Principal Thom Schnellinger at 5 p.m. May 9 at the Clarion Inn and Suites, 300 S. Highway 13. Schnellinger announced his plans to resign in February and will officially leave his position at the end of June.

The community is invited to attend and thank the administrator for his time with MCHS.

For more information, call 970-824-7036.

Recycling program to benefit Moffat County schools

Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling is sponsoring a PAC fundraiser for Moffat County schools. Parents can bring recyclable metal materials to local schools both to get rid of them and to contribute to the cause, with Axis donating the value of any collected goods back to the schools. The school that brings in the most will receive a $500 bonus.

The program runs through May 9, and more than 25,000 pounds of metal has already been gathered.

Acceptable items range from small aluminum cans and bits of scrap metal to appliances, lawnmowers, exercise equipment, trampolines and more. Items such as junk cars and batteries can be brought to Axis at 802 E. Second Place.

Hazardous materials like explosives, oil filters, items containing gasoline or diesel fuel, sealed barrels and similar items will not be accepted. Consult with a professional on how to dispose of things like these.

For more information, contact your child’s school or Axis Steel at 970-824-3256.

ACT, SAT exams offering final opportunities for Craig students

Students still needing to take the ACT and SAT exams can register online at for the ACT and for the SAT. Both sites also provide information for those taking the tests, including necessary supplies, documentation and other details.

The designated testing center for Craig is Moffat County High School, but students should consult the sites to determine which testing centers will be available on certain dates.

Both tests have been offered multiple times throughout the school and have both regular deadlines and late deadlines, the latter of which involves a fee.


Test Date — Registration Deadline/Late Registration

June 14 — May 9/May 23


Test Date — Registration Deadline/Late Registration by Mail/Late Registration Online

June 7 — May 9/May 23/May 28

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