Maybell man selected for interim position on Moffat County School Board
For the second time this summer the school board interviewed three candidates to temporarily fill a vacancy. They unanimously voted to appoint an alumnus to serve until elections in November.
Chip McIntyre graduated from Moffat County High School in 1992. He will now represent District 1, replacing Darryl Steele who resigned in July for personal and business reasons.
When asked why he’d like to serve, McIntyre said he felt the district had gone from “hanging their chins to picking them up. I want to be part of the team.”
Neil Folks, a retired resident that is involved in a number of organizations throughout the community, and businesswoman Mindy Baker also applied and were interviewed for the position.
“I’m excited we had three community members interested in serving on the board,” said Superintendent of Schools Dave Ulrich. “I’m confident Mr. McIntyre will do a great job finishing Mr. Steele’s term.”
McIntyre is an investigator for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and has six children, ranging in age from one year old to senior in high school.
“I want education in Moffat County to improve and to continue to grow,” he said.
He is also a member of the Maybell Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, served on the superintendent selection committee and has regularly attended board meetings.
“Chip has always been engaged. The Maybell school is important. It is a community of its own. I believe we have 16 students, and it’s nice to have representation from the far west of the county,” said school board President Darrell Camilletti.
McIntyre believes in balancing the budget. He thinks that because of decreased enrollment, closing an elementary school may not be a popular choice, but it may be a necessary one.
“The next board is going to have the legacy of closing a school, and how it’s done is going to be important,” McIntyre said.
He’d like to leave another legacies: a drug program, other than DARE, to reduce the problem at the high school, and he’d like to see the district start retaining students and teachers instead of loosing them to other communities.
McIntyre has already submitted his petition, due Friday, to become a candidate for District 1 in the election in November.
“If elected in November, I plan to continue working with the board and the superintendent to make the schools the best they can be,” McIntyre said.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.