Moffat County Board of Education honors lunch ladies
Craig — At its regular monthly meeting, the Moffat County Board of Education did the following:
• Amended the meeting agenda to add an executive session pursuant to CRS 24-6-402 (4) (h) to discuss a student disciplinary issue.
• Heard updates from Moffat County High School Student Council President Tiffany Lingo and Activities Coordinator Rebekah Bird about the talent show at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moffat County High School and plans to mentor the Craig Middle School student council. Board member Tony St. John volunteered himself and his wife to be judges at the talent show.
• Heard from MCHS Principal Kelly McCormick about the following:
— A $25,000 grant received by the school for the Celebrate My Drive campaign.
— A plan to introduce five Advanced Placement courses in the 2015-2016 school year, for which the school received a $6,500 grant.
— Student achievements including lead trumpet for the All-State Jazz Band, Ryan Secules, and several students who recently competed and placed well at roping competitions, including Cutter Barnes and Trent Vernon, in attendance, and Denton and Dusty Taylor.
• Heard from Athletic Director Mike Mitchell about recent successes as winter sports entered their first competitions of the season, including boys and girls basketball, girls swimming and wrestling.
• Honored the Moffat County School District Food Services Department, “to celebrate them for all of the good things they do to make sure our kids have awesome lunches and are taken care of,” Board President JB Chapman said.
• Shared laughs over a video prepared by Sunset Elementary School Principal Jill Hafey featuring Sunset teachers, staff and students sharing the reasons they love Sunset. Sunset Elementary hosted the school board for its December meeting.
• Heard reports from board members regarding school updates and their reflections on the Colorado Association of School Boards meeting last weekend in Colorado Springs, with these highlights:
— Recent parent-teacher conferences at Moffat County elementary schools boasted more than 95 percent attendance from parents.
— A student group presented their protests to the PARCC tests to school board members at CASB, and raised the point that it wastes time and money to administer the tests.
— Board member Darrell Camilletti attended a meeting of Catalyst Colorado while on the Front Range, which is a group dedicated to removing school districts’ focus from standards and assessments.
“There’s a movement there to make some serious changes,” Camilletti said.
— St. John announced the news that half-day preschool classrooms would no longer receive breakfast and lunch due to a lower-than-expected number of students that qualify for free and reduced meals. The meals currently cost the district approximately $2,800. Instead, parents will be enlisted to help provide snacks to the classes.
• Discussed the decision to upgrade network infrastructure last spring, which will be paid for over a five-year period.
“We were at the point we had to make that decision or face the reality of not having connectivity,” Director of Technology Marlene Knez said. “It’s something that districts all over are struggling with and that districts have to budget for.”
• Heard from Curriculum Director Amy Ward and Knez about new professional development opportunities for teachers to help them “to infuse technology into the curriculum,” Ward said.
• Unanimously agreed to certify 2014 mill levies for taxes to be collected in 2015, totaling $14,465,320.
• Unanimously approved 10 policies regarding school board members and meeting practices.
I have followed with interest the discussion concerning the potential transfer of the Yampa Elementary School to Memorial Regional Health. Although there are many significant unanswered questions about what Memorial Regional Health plans to do with the Yampa Elementary School, the focus of my letter is on the Yampa Elementary School as a community asset.